Infusions are something that can be done easily and open up numerous possibilities of flavor combinations. Many interesting flavored liquors have become available for purchase lately, but I believe its more fun to do it yourself. No, I haven’t tried infusing real cupcakes into vodka (yes, that’s a real flavor that you can buy!), but I have made great infused vodka by keeping the ingredients simple and my expectations realistic. At home, I have been experimenting with infusing vodka with various types of ingredients, and green tea has become my recent favorite. It makes for a delicious alternative to a vodka & tonic/soda. It transforms such a simple, mundane drink into something that is actually fun to imbibe! Not to dig into the vodka-soda-with-three-limes drinkers, but life is too short to skimp on a decent cocktail.
It’s super easy to make, and is pretty impressive to say “Oh, I infused this vodka myself” at your next cocktail party. Start with this recipe and move on to experiment with different types of teas. Perhaps you could add lemon zest to black tea and whip up an infused verson of an Arnold Palmer? Who knows what could happen!
Green Tea Infused Vodka
750 ml of your favorite vodka (Don’t get too pricey, you’re flavoring this stuff after all)
3 tbsp of loose leaf green tea
1 liter-sized mason jar with lid
Pour the vodka into the mason jar and add the tea. Shake vigorously, then let rest for 24 hours. Let it sit out on the counter and give it a shake occasionally. After your 24 hours is up, pour through a coffee filter into a fresh container. Your vodka is now ready for a cocktail!
Green Tea & Tonic
2 oz. green tea-infused vodka
.75 oz. Jack Rudy Tonic
3 oz. soda water
1 lemon wedge
Build the cocktail in your favorite glass, squeeze the lemon and drop it in!