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Vodka Infusions

madgreek Aug 12, 2008 10:28 AM

I wanted to try to make some infused vodka for the first time. I was thinking about something nice for summer, like peach and watermelon. Any suggestions/advice for doing this? I am curious, though. Can I use mason jars, or will the seals be damaged?

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    ajcraig RE: madgreek Aug 12, 2008 12:20 PM

    I came across this site while lurking on the Chowhound Spirit forum. They are a bit goofy but they have lots of recipies and document their processes and results well.


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      ndelson RE: madgreek Aug 12, 2008 02:03 PM

      We did watermelon and lime a few weeks ago. We went through a bottle's worth very quickly...it's very smooth right out of the freezer and nothing like that horrible jolly rancher-like watermelon vodka you get elsewhere. It takes about a half a watermelon for a 375 mL bottle and we let it sit for about a week before straining it out.

      Some of the other successful infusions with have done in the past have been Torocco oranges and blackberries. You have to smash the berries a little bit in order for the vodka to infuse so that one is going to have a distinct color. Make sure you strain that one through a coffee filter first!

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        madgreek RE: ndelson Aug 13, 2008 07:21 PM

        Now, should I use the whole fruit, or just the watermelon rind?

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        chazzerking RE: madgreek Aug 12, 2008 04:36 PM

        Some of my favorites are; White peach and Raspberry, Pineapple/vanilla, black cherry and spice(cardamam,cinnnaon and a little allspice) lime peel, ginger and lemongrass. Blueberry,(the berries need to be slightly muddled) The variations are limited only by your imagination and testing.Mason jar lids will start to corrode after a while. I use sun tea jars.

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          chazzerking RE: madgreek Aug 12, 2008 09:16 PM

          got inspired and went home and started a new infusion. Ripe tomatoes fresh basil and a little fresh tarragon. I'll report back when it's done.

          1. emmaroseeats RE: madgreek Aug 15, 2008 11:44 AM

            I'm a big fan of cranberries with orange peel & a vanilla bean (or half a vanilla bean). I also like rosemary and lemon rind, but since I'm a gin drinker that probably makes sense...

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              amela RE: emmaroseeats Dec 5, 2008 03:33 PM

              Infused vodka question...is it imperative that the infusion sit in glass jars? Why not a sealed tuperware container? I've made pineapple infusions this way and I'm wondering if there is a taste difference. I'm planning on starting a cranberry infusion for gifts and want to know if I need to go mason jar hunting.....

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                ShadowedOne RE: amela Dec 8, 2008 10:00 AM

                The possible problem you could have with plastic containers is that plastic will absorb food flavors and smells, in particular fats. Then your infusion could pick up these off flavors/smells.

                Glass on the other hand doesn't absorb anything so you don't run this risk.

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                  amela RE: ShadowedOne Dec 8, 2008 03:48 PM

                  Thank you Shadow.

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              hawaiigrl2003 RE: madgreek Aug 16, 2008 01:43 AM

              Try ginger. Amazing.

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                Bobfrmia RE: madgreek Aug 25, 2008 05:09 PM

                I did watermelon. So much water in it, tough to get anything more than a subtle flavor.
                The best, according to me and everyone that tried it, was Pineapple. I'm convinced Pineapples were created with the sole intent to be used to infuse vodka.

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                  Xaga RE: Bobfrmia Aug 25, 2008 08:21 PM

                  Or Rum...
                  Or Tequila...

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                    cpeterson729 RE: Bobfrmia Dec 18, 2009 10:08 AM

                    Try watermelon or just melon extract--you can find it online

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                    christopherelford RE: madgreek Oct 31, 2009 07:20 PM

                    Jalapeno and lime are great for infusing vodka. I keep the jalapeno seeds in and the lime rind on, but put the jalapeno in a sachet or loose tea ball so you can remove it earlier. The most unbelievable bloody mary youve ever had, just add tomato juice, v8, worcestershire, horseradish, and a good hot sauce.

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                      cheesemonger RE: madgreek Oct 31, 2009 07:29 PM

                      Use anything that you want. I've made every infusion that I can think of, and the real treat is to eat the fruit, which absorbs a lot of the alcohol.

                      One of my favorites is pineapple and coconut. I didn't think that the coconut would add much, but it did.

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