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May 30, 2013 02:03 PM

A new addition to my infused vodkas!

and cocktail to go with it.

Recipe: Beet Me In St. Louis

Beet-Infused Gin

2 large uncooked beets, peeled and chopped into 1/4-1/2 inch chunks

1 liter Beefeater Gin

Combine the beets with gin in a glass container and place in a cool, dark place, shaking once or twice a day. After three days, remove the beets from the gin. Store the infused gin in the refrigerator.

Honey-Tarragon Syrup


Hot water

Fresh tarragon

Combine equal parts honey and hot water in a container and stir until the two have mixed together. Fill the container with as much fresh tarragon as you can and let sit 8 to 10 hours at room temperature. Strain to remove tarragon.


1 1/2 ounce Beet-Infused Gin

1/2 ounce Domaine De Canton ginger liqueur

1/2 ounce Honey-Tarragon Syrup

1/2 ounce lemon juice

Tarragon leaves

Combine all ingredients in shaker. Shake and strain into a coupe cocktail glass. Garnish with two tarragon leaves.

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  1. Sounds very interesting. I have no idea what the raw beet infused gin would be like. I assume earthy and savory? I've had beet juice in cocktails before, but not infused. I have to play with them this summer, especially some of the orange and golden beets as well.

    And the tarragon/honey syrup sounds quite good with tarragons unique fragrant and anise like quality.

    What type of honey?

    Did you try making it as a stirred cocktail? That small an amount of lemon juice might work, and you would get a different mouthfeel with more of the savoriness coming through. Which could be good or bad.

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    1. re: JMF

      I haven't tried it yet, just heard the interview on NPR and was intrigued. I am going to do a two test run this weekend, one using raw red beets and the other using roasted roasted. My gut says since he only infused the vodka for three days the color would be good but the flavor less intense so I might see what happens waiting for week or two.

      I think I will use a fairly neutral honey to start so that the tarragon comes thru, after that I it would be fun to experiment with stronger/flowery honeys.

      If I get to it on Saturday I should be able to report back on Weds.

    2. I heard this story on the radio as I was driving home from work. The drink sounded so good that I stopped at the nearest grocery store and bought a bunch of beets.

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      1. re: cfrolio

        I did too. Except I ended up quick-pickling the beets and drinking a gin & tonic instead.

      2. I was going to make the beet gin this weekend, but when I cooked up a few of the beets they were way too earthy and not very sweet. I'll have to save this for when I can get some really good beets.