Sunday, January 9, 2011

Our new hobby!

Jeff and I took a Martini class as one of his Christmas presents from me. We had a great time and it inspired us to make some of our own infusions. Mom was here and really enjoyed the pomegranate vodka we made last Christmas. Tonight we made several. We diluted 77.4 Percent alcohol down to 40% Vodka to the fruit.

  1. Tangerine Cranberry 1 cup sugar to 3/4 gallon 
    • great flavor, a little sweet, did not need simple syrup in drink mix
  2. Orange Cranberry  1 quart 4 oranges,  zest of four oranges, 1/2 cranberries, 1 cup sugar
    • lots of orange, subtle cranberry, little sweet
  3. Grapefruit Ginger 1/2 pink, 1/2 pomelo, zest of 1/2 pink, 1 candied ginger slice chopped fine, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 quart jar
    •  very good, mild, lots of flavor, great with cranberry juice
  4. Pomegranate  1quart 3/4 full
    •  PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur eat your heart out, much better flavors and intense
  5. Pomegranate and Huckleberry 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup huckleberry, 1 cup pomegranate 1 quart
    • AMAZING, our favorite, not sharing
  6. Huckleberry 1 pint full with 1/2 cup sugar
    • Incredible with anything, mixes well with desserts, does not even smell like alcohol, straight tastes like cough syrup, needs less sugar in our opinion
  7. Orange pomegranate 1 quart 2 oranges 1 cup+ pomegranate 1/2 cup sugar
    •  Very good, used in baking and my favorite!
All the blends mixed very well with Vodka and tonic water with a little simple syrup if you like it sweeter.  Occasionally we would just mix with ginger ale and enjoy.  The next batch will include less sugar in each but still using the same concentration of alcohol.  Unfortunately, Huckleberries are not cheap so the Huckleberry blends are few and far in between.
We will keep you posted on our creations! Yum :)


Apple Infusions

1 gallon 40%Vodka, 3 Granny Smith apples, 3 Winter Banana, no sugar still infusing.

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