If you are sitting at home and would like to try something a little bit different for your evening cocktail, start with a simple infusion. In fact, get adventurous and try a few different infusions. The easiest way is to start is with a mid grade vodka. From there, the sky is the limit....really! With so many options to choose from, you can make a great infusion with fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, coffee and the list goes on and on.
Fruits are a great way to get started down the road of infusing. It will take less than a week and you will have a base alcohol for creating an exciting new cocktail to enjoy. It's an easy and terrific way to impress friends or that "special someone".
First you need a clean 16 - 24oz sealed jar. Then you need to choose what you're going to infuse your vodka with. My suggestion for a "first-timer" would be a fruit. And don't be shy about what fruit you'd like to try and infuse. I discovered that infusing vodka with ginger root, well makes for a refreshing cocktail that goes perfect with sushi!!! All of a sudden hot Sake and Japanese beer are plain and boring. Think about pairing, like a sommelier would do with wine. Like I said, the sky is the limit. Your imagination will guide you in making some terrific infused creations. And although sometimes it won't be perfect, with time, practice and the right complimentary muddle or spirit, you might surprise yourself.
Once you've chosen what you're infusing your vodka with, place it in the jar, fill it with the Vodka, give it a quick shake and store it is a cool dark place. After the first 48 hours, start taste testing it daily. In a week or two it should be done.
Infusing is a personal hobby, and being open-minded about what you infuse with will be what separates you from the rest who are still drinking vodka with cranberry juice or Red Bull.