START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x

Handmade Holidays: Infused Liquor

  • 2 of 4

chopping fruit for infused liquors

Liquor Infusing Basics

Infusing basically means steeping and then, usually, straining. How long you steep depends on what ingredients you’re using and how strong you want the flavor to be.

Fruit Infusions

To infuse fruit, fill your jar about 1/4-1/3 of the way with your ingredients, then cover with liquor. Let your ingredients steep for about a week in a cool, dark place. Starting around day 5, you’ll want to check the infusion’s color and take a whiff. When it starts to look and smell good, strain through a few layers of cheesecloth or a fine mesh sieve into your jar of choice.

It’s important to strain fruit-based infusions, because they look good at first, but as they sit in the bottle, they’ll start to lose their color and look none-too-pretty.

Herb Infusions

Herbs infuse a lot faster, and you don’t need as much to do the job. Place just a handful into a large, glass container, fill it up the rest of the way with your booze of choice, and steep for just 2-3 days. Strain into your jars, and you’re done!

With herbs, you can put back a couple of stems just for show. Hardy plants like rosemary and vanilla beans will keep looking lovely for a long time.

Sweetening

I am not crazy about sweetening my infused liquors, because I think that unsweetened they’re more versatile. If you want to sweeten, though, you definitely can!

Once your infusion is strained, add a few tablespoons of your favorite sweetener and add a teaspoon at a time until you’ve reached the desired sweetness. Sweeteners to try: sugar, maple syrup, agave nectar, or honey. If you do decide to sweeten, you probably will want your label to advise your giftee to shake well, just in case it separates a bit!

OK, so you’ve got the basics. Do you need a few recipes to get started? We’ve got you covered on the next page!

Next>> Infusion Ideas

Image Credit: Photo via Thinkstock

  • 2 of 4

Read more: Crafts & Design, Crafts & Hobbies, Drinks, Food, , , , , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

51 comments

+ add your own
6:12PM PST on Dec 27, 2013

sounds wonderful

5:23PM PST on Jan 23, 2012

I need to do this!

1:21PM PST on Dec 31, 2011

Great idea... Beautiful photo

11:46AM PST on Dec 23, 2011

I am blessed to have a neighbor with a huge paddle cactus. These are the ones with the beautiful magenta prickly pear fruits. I like to add the chopped fruit to vodka to make an infusion. The flavor and aroma are out of this world. And the color is the most beautiful magenta. It makes for an over the top drink presentation.

11:45AM PST on Dec 23, 2011

I am blessed to have a neighbor with a huge paddle cactus. These are the ones with the beautiful magenta prickly pear fruits. I like to add the chopped fruit to vodka to make an infusion. The flavor and aroma are out of this world. And the color is the most beautiful magenta. It makes for an over the top drink presentation.

7:22PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

thanks

2:32PM PST on Dec 15, 2011

thanks for sharing these great ideas

6:30PM PST on Dec 9, 2011

Thankyou.....

10:12PM PST on Dec 8, 2011

I have made black current vodka for years, thanks for this1

8:21PM PST on Dec 8, 2011

Thanks for the post.

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

banana coffee almond milk & coco makes a great smoothie yum!

Thank you for posting. Love coffee, but rarely have more than one large mug a day, & always put…

Yum. Sounds good - if you want to give your tofu a firmer texture - freeze it, - then thaw in fridge…

Oh well, I imagine that a significant part of the populace are all doomed!

Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.