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Saffron infused vodka -- how much saffron?

christene Dec 10, 2009 09:23 PM


I drank a wonderful, seasonal drink at Macondo on E. Houson (in NYC). I am trying to recreate it. One ingredient is saffron infused vodka (that they made themselves)....so, how much saffron do I use?

Thanks everyone!


  1. JMF Dec 22, 2009 04:10 AM

    Christene- which cocktail was it? I am friends with Amuary, the head bartender/mixologist at Macondo and with Junior Merino who designed most of the drinks there and trained Amaury. I'll get the exact recipe for you.

    1. yarm Dec 12, 2009 02:25 PM


      1. yarm Dec 12, 2009 07:41 AM

        One of the bartenders here in Boston (Scott Holliday at Rendezvous) makes saffron gin. I don't recall the exact amount but it wasn't more than a few threads and the infusion is rather rapid (a few hours or overnight). So start with 2 or 3 threads per 750 mL and taste it a day later. Add more as need be.

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        1. re: yarm
          christene Dec 12, 2009 09:17 AM

          Thanks! I've been reading in various places that a pinch will do. It makes sense what you suggest to start conservative and taste along the way. Again thanks!

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