Pairs Well With… Sparkly club soda (and if you’re in Minnesota, a big snowstorm & a night in!)
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Perhaps you need a hostess gift for your upcoming singles brunch or are looking for something with a homemade touch to give to your sweetie. Maybe you’d like to kick back with a cocktail or two while watching a Nicholas Sparks movie. Either way, these infused vodkas are delightful and refreshing.
Plan ahead, as these take 5-6 days to reach perfection.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3 glass bottles with toppers (for gifting)
- 3 canning jars (for infusing)
- 3 types of fruit or veggies for infusing (blueberry, raspberry, cucumber)
- 1 bottle (750ml) unflavored vodka
- Twine (optional)
- Cutting board
- Strainer (optional)
- Wash, rinse and dry glass gifting bottles and canning jars. Set aside gifting bottles for future use. We’ll be using the canning jars soon.
- Wash and dry fruit. Cut up if necessary. I chose to use blueberries, raspberries and cucumbers, as they don’t require any dicing, which means less work straining out fruit pieces at the end of the infusion process.
4. Divide 3/4 of the vodka between the three jars. Save the remaining quarter until the end of the infusion process.
5. Place lids on jars and put in the refrigerator. Infuse for 5-6 days, shaking lightly each day. This duration will give the vodka a subtle fruit forward flavor without being too potent.
6. While your vodkas are busy infusing, you can add charm to your bottles! I chose to use twine to create ribbons around the bottle necks.
7. Once done infusing, remove from refrigerator and get ready to pour into gifting bottles. Using a funnel is very helpful. I suggest using a strainer if you see fruit/veggie pieces floating around. The goal is to not carry any of the product over to your gifting bottles. Note: it is normal and expected for your vodka to change color.
8. You’re ready to gift and go!
Be sure to let me know which one is your favorite!
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