By Ashley Brown
So, you’re heading to a party and you don’t want to arrive empty-handed. You can always bring the customary bottle of wine or you can jazz it up by presenting the host with a personalized vodka infusion! I decided to make a vanilla bean infusion.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A glass bottle or jar with a tightfitting lid (you can often find salvaged ones at thrift stores)
- Infusion of your choice (I’m using vanilla bean but fruit, herbs, jalapenos or even skittles will work)
- 750 ml of the highest quality vodka your budget will allow
Slice a single vanilla bean lengthwise. Combine the split bean and vodka in glass bottle. Seal tight and let it sit for five to seven days out of direct sunlight. Be sure to shake the bottle a few times a day for the duration of the infusion. Strain using a wire-mesh strainer or coffee filter. Pour infusion back into clean bottle. If you’re giving this as a gift, don’t forget to tell the recipient to strain after one week. Refrigerate for up to one month.
To drink, serve over ice or blended with your favorite cocktail.
Whether you’re giving this as a gift or adding excitement to your home bar, infusions are a fun and simple way to experiment with many different flavors. Bottoms up, friends!