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Spice it up!

August 24th, 2012

Well hello there! It seems like forever since I’ve been in my kitchen—and even longer since I’ve posted a tasty treat for you. Caroline and I created this cocktail for an event we did a few weeks ago and it was such a winner that I had to share it.

This drink is all about heating up and cooling down—ginger syrup is paired with a little lime juice and cucumber infused vodka, then topped with a spicy slice or two of jalepenos. It involves a super simple infusion inspired by water infused with cucumbers—of course it wouldn’t be a cocktail if it were water, so we swapped out the water with a little vodka. It doesn’t take long for the light flavor and scent to infuse the vodka, which brings to the coolness to the drink. It’s the perfect drink to sip on a summer evening.

Cheers! To the weekend, tasty drinks and keeping things spicy!

Spice it up!

makes 1 cocktail

For the cucumber infused vodka:
vodka
sliced cucumbers

For the cocktail:
2 ounces cucumber infused vodka
1/2 ounce lime juice
3/4 ounce ginger syrup*
1-2 slices jalepeno

*If you don’t feel like making ginger syrup, you could substitute ginger beer, just add after shaking the cocktail.

To make cucumber infused vodka:

1. Toss a handful of cucumber slices into a pitcher of vodka—I infused half a bottle to a bottle. Let sit for at least 20 minutes but up to one day.
2. Strain cucumber slices from vodka. Done!

To make the cocktail:

1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, lime juice and ginger syrup. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
2. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a cucumber and jalepeno slice or two. Enjoy!

 

peanut infused vodka + butter cup cocktail

May 22nd, 2009

Ok, it’s time for the last installment of my vodka infusions. Are you ready for this? Peanut infused vodka. I first tried it at an underground food event I went to last year and it blew my mind. It’s unlike anything I’d ever tried, so when I started experimenting with infused vodkas it was one of the first things I tried. If you like peanuts, you have to try this.

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coffee infused vodka + coffee delight cocktail

May 15th, 2009

Ok, are you ready for round two of infused vodka mania? This week we’re getting a hair crazier and infusing our vodka with coffee. Coffee is an even quicker infusion than the citrus we made last week. My infusion was super strong after only a day in the pantry. Just one whiff of that stuff and you’ll be awake for good.

So you’ve got your infusion made, now you just have to make a tasty cocktail. Well, I’ve got a simple and delicious one for you to try, although it does take a little thinking ahead of time. That’s because you need to make coffee ice cubes. Once you’ve got that done you just add some of the coffee infused vodka, a little vanilla syrup to sweeten it up a bit and then top it off with a bit of seltzer. Shazam, you just made a delicious coffee delight cocktail.

This week is a super duper happy hour because I’m actually in California. My awesome friends Erik and Dana are getting married and I just couldn’t be happier for them. I’ll be back to making stuff mid next week. Until then, have a great weekend. Cheers!

Coffee Infused Vodka

makes 1 bottle
1 bottle vodka, I like Tito’s

1 cup coffee beans

1. Place the coffee beans in a large jar. Pour the vodka over them, seal and let sit in a dark place (like a cupboard or pantry) about 1 day. Taste the vodka—if you’d like it to be more flavorful, leave it for another day.

2. When you have the desired flavor, strain the coffee beans from the liquid. Store the infused vodka in a sealed bottle. Enjoy!

coffee delight cocktail

makes 1 cocktail
2 ounces coffee infused vodka
1 coffee ice cube
1 ounce vanilla simple syrup (recipe below)
seltzer
1. Place the vodka, ice cube and syrup in a cocktail shaker. Give it a shake for about 15 seconds.2. Pour the liquid into a glass and top it off with a little seltzer to give it some fizz.

3. Drink up!

vanilla simple syrup
makes about 1 cup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean
1. In a small saucepan, combine all the ingredients over medium heat.2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain vanilla bean and keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

blood orange infusion + oh honey! cocktail

May 8th, 2009

I had a cocktail party last weekend that was full of all sorts of tasty infused vodkas, the delicious infused tequila you saw earlier this week along with homemade ginger ale and other goodies. I’m hoping to share all my infusions with you over the month of May, so get ready for some tasty cocktails.

I’m starting out with the tamest one, which is vodka infused with blood oranges. Infusions are a super fun way to mix up your cocktails and experiment with different flavors. You can infuse vodka with just about any flavor you can thing of… citrus is just the beginning. Read the rest of this entry »

jalepeño infused tequila

May 5th, 2009

Margaritas are my most favorite cocktail, so when Cinco de Mayo rolls around, you can bet I’m going to be prepared. I recently had a margarita that used jalepeño infused tequila and it kind of rocked my world. Since I know a thing or two about infusing booze, I figured this year I’d take it up a notch by infusing some tequila. Read the rest of this entry »