Fruit Infused Vodka

July 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

 

Around 5 o’clock, after a long day in the garden, I usually start thinking about a drink, something nice and refreshing.

And perhaps alcoholic.

Like a nice chilled raspberry martini made with my own raspberry infused vodka.

I usually have a lot of extra fruit and am always trying to find ways of using it up. After freezing and baking and canning I still have enough left over to be able to make a few bottles. Even if you don’t have your own bushes, go to the farmer’s markets during berry season and buy whatever fruit catches your eye. Make yourself a few bottles, you’ll be happy you did.

I always make raspberry and blueberry, and this year I bought some ripe pineapple and it’s sitting in my pantry now. The good thing is you can also use fruit that is not quite perfect or a little overripe. And these make great gifts, just find a nice bottle to infuse the vodka in and when it’s ready just tie a bow on it and you’re all set!

Nothing could be easier:

Find a bottle, make sure it’s clean, and fill it with fruit: raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, currants, pineapple, strawberries, even watermelon….citrus like lemons and oranges are especially flavorful,  try clementines too. Then fill it up with vodka. Close tightly and put in a dark place, like a cupboard, for about a month. You want it at room temperature also. The vodka will turn the color of the fruit and be subtlety flavored.

Once it’s done, you can strain the fruit out if you want, but it’s not necessary. Although you’d have some mighty potent fruit to put over that bowl of ice cream!

I keep mine in the freezer so it’s ice cold and ready.

 

 

Here’s my recipe for a raspberry martini:

2 oz. raspberry vodka

1 oz Cointreau

juice of 1/2 lime

Put into a shaker and give it a good shake. Pour into a martini glass and add a raspberry or two. Add ice if you like.

Happy weekend!

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