Infused Liquors: Three Ways

  • Infused Liquors: Three Ways
  • Infused Liquors: Three Ways
  • Infused Liquors: Three Ways
  • Infused Liquors: Three Ways
Posted on October 17, 2014
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If you’ve been following along for a while now, then you know that I love to make my own infused alcohols at home (examples here, here and here!). It’s such a fun and easy project that anyone can do (errr….anyone over the age of 21 I guess) and it’s a great way to make your favorite cocktails even more special.

Today I bring you three recipes: one bourbon, one tequila, one vodka (sung in my best George Thorogood voice of course!). Use them to stock up your home bar or give them away as gifts. The Holiday’s are fast approaching us people. Be warned.

So how do I like to enjoy these? Well, I’m a bourbon girl so the Plum, Vanilla and Honey Bourbon goes straight on the rocks. The Mango, Coconut and Lime Tequila makes for an awesome margarita. I also love to mix it with a little pineapple juice and something fizzy (tonic water or whatever suits you) for a tropical escape. And the Bacon and Habanero Chili Vodka will take your bloody mary to new heights. Trust me.

Once made, these will all last about 6 months when stored in your refrigerator in an airtight container (mason jars are great for this). Or toss them in your freezer for extended storage times. And you certainly don’t have to break the bank with the alcohol. I usually buy something mid-shelf. And since I’m not an expert on this and everyone has different taste preferences, I recommend sampling your liquors periodically throughout the infusing period. If you’re happy with how it tastes, strain it and you’re ready to go! If you want a little something extra, try waiting another week or two. I’ve found 2 weeks is usually a good time frame for most infusions, although this vodka was plenty spicy after 1 week so I stopped the infusion at that point. My recommendations for alcohol brands and infusion times are in the recipe below.

This particular batch of homemade infusions was destined to become part of a very special gift. Because I donated all these spirits to a fund raising auction for the United Way of Snohomish Country, which is an agency committed to improving the lives of people in Snohomish County through focused initiatives and programs that support basic needs such as education, job stability and health. And that is something that I can totally get behind. So let’s raise our glasses to positive change!

Happy infusing!

Cheers,

Liz

Infused Liquors: Three Ways

Infused Liquors: Three Ways

Ingredients

  • For the Plum, Vanilla and Honey Bourbon
  • 5 plums, cut in half and pitted
  • 1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 750 ml bourbon

  • For the Mango, Coconut and Lime Tequila
  • 1 cup dried mango
  • 1/3 cup dried coconut flakes, toasted
  • Peel from 1 lime
  • 750 ml tequila

  • For the Bacon and Habanero Chili Vodka
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and drained
  • 1-2 habanero chili peppers, cut in half
  • 750 ml vodka

Instructions

  1. For the Plum, Vanilla and Honey Bourbon. Add all of the ingredients to a large jar with a tight fitting lid. Give it a shake and then store in your refrigerator for approximately 2 weeks. Give the jar a shake every day or every other day during this time. Strain the bourbon through a fine mesh sieve into a clean container. Then strain it a second time through a cheesecloth to remover smaller particles. Now it’s ready to be used or packaged into airtight containers for storage and/or gifting. Store in your refrigerator, or your freezer for longer periods.
  2. For the Mango, Coconut and Lime Tequila. Add all of the ingredients to a large jar with a tight fitting lid. Give it a shake and then store in your refrigerator for approximately 2 weeks. Give the jar a shake every day or every other day during this time. Strain the tequila through a fine mesh sieve into a clean container. Then strain it a second time through a cheesecloth to remover smaller particles. Now it’s ready to be used or packaged into airtight containers for storage and/or gifting. Store in your refrigerator, or your freezer for longer periods.
  3. For the Bacon and Habanero Chili Vodka. Add all of the ingredients to a large jar with a tight fitting lid. Use one chili for a less spicy vodka, or two chiles for a spicier infusion. Give it a shake and then store in your refrigerator for approximately 1 week. Give the jar a shake every day or every other day during this time. Strain the vodka through a fine mesh sieve into a clean container. Then strain it a second time through a cheesecloth to remover smaller particles. Place the strained vodka in your freezer for a couple hours. This step is important as it will enable you to remove as much of the bacon fat as possible. After a few hours in the freezer, immediately (don’t let it re-warm) strain the vodka through a cheesecloth into a clean bowl. Now it’s ready to be used or packaged into airtight containers for storage and/or gifting. Store in your refrigerator, or your freezer for longer periods.

Notes

1. Even with straining, sometimes there are still small particles that remain and will settle on the bottom of the jars. That’s totally normal. Just give your homemade infusions a little shake before you use them.

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28 Comments


  • Umm…I need to get on this ASAP! Love!

    Reply

    • Yes! Do it!! XO


  • Gorgeous photos! Gimme that plum vanilla honey bourbon. Mmm!

    Reply

    • Thanks, Sarah! That one might be my favorite too….although I’m partial to bourbon!


  • These infused liquors are so much fun.. I have never thought to make my own!

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    • Thanks, Meghan! It’s so easy and they make great gifts. You should try some out! And you can get really creative with the flavors!


  • Oh wow! I have never done anything like this. This looks really fun! Very cool idea! Btw, I love the tall mason jar!

    Reply

    • Thanks, Lokness. The tall mason jar was a great find at the local hardware store!


  • Helllooo Friday night beverage! I hope your road trip is going well!:)

    Reply

    • Thanks, Erin! Hope you have a great weekend!


  • Wow! What a brilliant idea!

    Reply

    • Thank you, Cheri! Wish I could claim that I invented the concept. 🙂


  • Infused liquors always intimidated me! That vodka one I can totally do…I love me some good bloody mary 🙂 Great post. Very informative.

    Reply

    • Thanks, Katya. I hope you try the vodka!


  • These are awesome, Liz! What a great gift idea!

    Reply

    • Thanks, Jennifer!


  • This is such a great idea, Liz! Why haven’t I thought of this before? Sounds like these would make excellent Christmas gifts!

    Reply

    • Perfect for Christmas! Thanks, Gayle!


  • I’m loving this idea for a homemade gift, Liz! I can just see putting it into a pretty decanter with a cute tag… Doing it!

    Reply

    • Yes! Do it Allie! They make perfect gifts!


  • These are amazing! I would never in a million years have thought to infuse bacon into vodka — you are brilliant!

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    • Thanks for the wonderful compliment, Sue! Glad someone thinks I’m brilliant! 🙂


  • Love that you are bourbon girl too! All three of these sound fabulous and would be wonderful holiday gifts.

    Reply

    • Thanks, Erin! Bourbon for everyone!!


  • This is such a great idea, Liz! These flavors sound wonderful, and what unique gifts. I certainly wouldn’t mind one…hint hint. 🙂

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    • Ok, you just gave me an amazing idea Marcie. Instead of a cookie exchange we should do a liquor exchange!!!


  • Infusing your own liquors – genius!

    Reply

    • Thanks, Dorothy!

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