Do-It-Yourself Fruit-Infused Vodka
Francine Segan, FrancineSegan.com
You can buy flavored vodka, but why bother? You can easily make a much fresher, better tasting one yourself…and the best part, it’s easy.
Plum, melon and citrus are traditional vodka flavors, but absolutely any fruit works. I know firsthand, because I’ve probably tried them all-apple, apricot, banana, blackberries, kiwi, mango, pomegranate and raspberries. They are all wonderful.
You can infuse a whole bottle of vodka with one flavor, or do what I do, and divide the recipe to experiment with two or three different fruits or fruit combinations. Store the vodka-fruit mix in pint or quart-sized canning-type mason jars, or any sturdy glass container with a lid.
You can also flavor vodka with any spice that strikes your fancy. Some traditional favorites are horseradish, chili pepper, or caraway seeds. I especially like ginger, which I make with either 1/4 cup diced ginger or 4 tablespoons of diced candied ginger. Mmm. Nazdorovie!
Basic Fruit Flavored Vodka:
One 750ml bottle vodka
4 cups fruit (any fruit or combination of fruits)
1/2 cup sugar
2 vanilla beans or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine ingredients in a glass container with a lid and infuse for at least two weeks.
Strain and keep in a closed container until ready to use.