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Ponyboy3099 Sep 28, 2012 01:58 AM

Need some help?? I started a Vodka infusion last December, yes last December.... Using mandarin oranges and grapefruit.... Fruit still in it the vodka, in a large glass beverage container... Like 6 bottles of vodka....anyone tell me if Vodka still ok to drink? Loose alcohol strength? Forgot to say its been covered by plastic wrap the whole time..???!!!

  1. JMF Oct 7, 2012 03:23 PM

    How much evaporation was there? It's probably pretty safe. taste it. But, I would never use plastic wrap. I don't know why anyone would. I use canning jars and glass containers with gaskets and wire hold downs.

    1. davis_sq_pro Oct 5, 2012 07:03 AM

      I don't believe any fruit-borne pathogens can survive sitting in vodka. If it smells fine, I'd strain it and drink up.

      1. EvergreenDan Oct 5, 2012 04:11 AM

        I might be a little concerned about the plastic wrap. Someone reported that they tasted an off-taste after a small length of time.

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        1. re: EvergreenDan
          davis_sq_pro Oct 5, 2012 07:02 AM

          Are you saying that the plastic wrap off-taste migrated into an infusion without being in direct contact with the liquor? (Which is how I read the "covered by plastic wrap" statement above -- I imagined a big jar full of fruit and vodka with some wrap covering the top.)

          1. re: davis_sq_pro
            EvergreenDan Oct 5, 2012 10:15 AM

            Yes. Not me, but someone on a forum said they covered an infusion in plastic wrap for some short time and the infusion took on a plastic-like off taste. I think this is possible, given the technique of making lemoncello by suspending the fruit above the liquid, no?

            1. re: EvergreenDan
              davis_sq_pro Oct 5, 2012 11:14 AM

              Seems like it would be possible, but I've cooked fish and other things in plastic wrap before and haven't noticed an off flavor; I can't imagine that alcohol fumes would be able to pull much out. Whether or not I will grow a brain tumor as the result of plastic compounds leeching into my food from the wrap is a topic for future discussion.

        2. charles_sills Oct 4, 2012 05:47 PM

          it cerainly would hurt you anymore than regualr vodka. (haha.) most of the fruit has probably dissolved, so i would strain it heavily. then taste it. it might taste terrible, if not, use it.

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