3.13.2012

Recipe: Strawberry Lemon Basil Infused Vodka


A few months ago John and I saw an idea for infusing mango in tequila in a magazine.  We had some vodka leftover from a recent party so we thought it might be fun to give it a try.  We infused the vodka with strawberry, lemon and basil.



Ingredients:
1 lemon
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 small handful of basil
750ml bottle of vodka

The process:
Slice the lemon and strawberries. Add a few slice marks to the basil so the flavor infuses into the vodka a little easier. Add lemon slices to a mason jar and pour the vodka over it. Add the basil leaves and using a gentle pour add some more vodka. Add the strawberries and fill the remainder of the mason jar with vodka. John squeezed the juice of one full strawberry and the juice from the heal of the lemon into the mix to get the infusion going.  Add the cap and let the mason jar sit in a cool, dark place for two weeks.




Drink ideas:
-Pour the vodka over ice with bits of fruit from the infusion mix and garnish with a fresh lemon slice on top, fresh strawberry and sprig of fresh basil on the rim of glass (as shown below).

-Add the infusion to champagne, prosecco or soda water for a light, refreshing twist on a spritzer.

-For a fruity, fun cocktail add the infusion to classics like cranberry juice, orange juice, pineapple juice etc.

Infused liquor would be a great conversation piece at a party and a clever gift idea. Infusing liquor is versatile - you can choose tequila, rum, vodka, etc. and pair them with fruits and complimentary herbs. The drinks you see in the photos used an infusion that sat overnight. We have a second infusion going that has been sitting for ten days. The vodka is a dark pink color. The strawberries are white as their color has infused with the vodka. The fruit flavor will be really prevalent in that infusion and the fruits themselves will add a nice extra kick of flavor when added to beverages.
Images: Rebecca Tollefsen

8 comments:

  1. this sounds so good!!! would make a fun gift idea, too!

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    1. Hi Rach,

      It's SO good! I can't wait to try the mango tequila version at some point.

      Thanks for stopping in Rach,
      Rebecca

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  2. I love this kind of stuff. I've done the sweetart vodka which was good but too sugary for my tastes. This sounds MUCH better - the mango tequila idea sounds great too! i have some left over (or rather too much in my house right now) tequila that could use a little spicing up!

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    1. Hi Katherine!

      I've never tried out the sweetart vodka recipe but I am going to google that to check it out. I think the mango tequila idea would provide lots of good mixing options, especially for the upcoming "margarita season". I didn't know you had a blog so I am off to check it out!

      Thanks for stopping by Katherine,
      Rebecca

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  3. delightful! great for summertime!
    -m

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  4. that looks TOO good;-) Thanks for sharing it with us! As a Russian, I MUST try this new vodka drink;-))))

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  5. This looks so good. I need to try this!!!

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