Here are the Mule Blog we’ve often discussed how vodka – as a neutral spirit – is the ideal canvas for a myriad of flavors, offering a seemingly endless array of cocktail customization.
Having gone over the basics of how to infuse your own vodka, and even how to create your own cocktail-friendly herb garden, we thought we might offer up an herbaceous infusion that’s ideal for the late days of spring/early summer.
– 1 Bottle of Vodka (750ml)
– 1 Sprig fresh Rosemary
– 2 Sprigs fresh Lavender
It should be noted here that although you can use dried herbs, you should always use fresh when available. The presence of their essential oils creates a depth of flavor and freshness that you just won’t get with the jarred stuff. It’s well worth paying a $1-2 extra for a pack of the fresh stuff.
1. Rinse the herbs and place them into a clean mason jar or similar jar with a tight sealing lid.
2. Pour room temperature vodka over the herbs and seal the lid tightly.
3. Shake a few times and store the jar in a cool, dry, dark place for 3 to 5 days.
4. Beginning on the second day, test the flavor of the infusion daily.
5. Once the herbal flavor has reached your desired potency, use tongs to pull the main sprigs out, then strain the vodka using a fine guage strainer or coffee filter.
6. Bottle and store as you would any other vodka.
Tip: Use a 1-quart (32-ounce) mason jar or similar wide-mouthed jar for the infusion. This will make it easier to remove all of the herbs while straining. Save the original vodka bottle for the finished infusion and label it with the flavor, date, and any information about the infusion time for future reference.