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Infusing spirits

Postby hammerdivone on Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:44 pm

This year after a glut of rhubarb I decided to make rhubarb infused vodka and bloody lovely it is too.

Fairly simple recipe of;

1 litre of vodka (not the very basic but mid-priced supermarket stuff)
2 large sticks of rhubarb
Zest of half a lemon
6 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
3 tbsp of caster sugar
4 raspberries for a nice pink colour

Cut up the rhubarb sticks, chuck all the ingredients in a large sterilised bottle.
Give it a shake every day for around three weeks, then filter back into the vodka bottle using a muslin cloth.
Have a taste and add more sugar if it needs it.
Leave for as long as possible which is the really hard bit.
Serve out of the freezer.

I've bought infused gins and vodkas before, things like Christmas Pudding gin and After Dinner Mint vodka, and it's got me thinking as to what other flavours you can make.

I know Skittles is an old favourite but want something a little bit more interesting and perhaps not as sweet.

Anyone else make their own and got any suggestions?
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Re: Infusing spirits

Postby Joyeux Marteau on Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:49 pm

Apple and Cinnamon, mix it with ginger ale.

Cherry (you could use dried sour cherries)and almond, although you might have to use essence.

It would be good to know what else you come up with!
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Re: Infusing spirits

Postby Tenbury on Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:37 am

I find most women respond favourably to vodka/Werther's originals,bit sickly for me,rather sloe gin every time.
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Re: Infusing spirits

Postby alkali on Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:05 am

The river cottage book Booze is a fantastic source of infusions, wines, beers and ciders.
Here in greece I make great cider with cartons of apple juice and champagne yeast. Takes about a fortnight from start to finish. Cornish mates testify to its quality :)
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Re: Infusing spirits

Postby RichieRiv on Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:44 pm

Skittle Vodka

Remove all the green / blue ones as they make the mix turn a pond scum green colour. Empty packet in vodka. Leave. Drink
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Re: Infusing spirits

Postby somerset-hammer on Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:51 pm

RichieRiv wrote:Skittle Vodka

Remove all the green / blue ones as they make the mix turn a pond scum green colour. Empty packet in vodka. Leave. Drink


:thup:

I prefer the pond scum colour though...
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Re: Infusing spirits

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:56 pm

Used to do lots of home brew at one time , tried various kits and had some very good results , beer , lager [ not so good ] and wine [ best results ] .

Now I stick to pints of Orange Juice & Lemonade .
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Re: Infusing spirits

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:57 pm

We have an old elder tree at the bottom of or garden , every year I think ' Must gather the elder flowers to make champagne ' - I never do .
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Re: Infusing spirits

Postby hammerdivone on Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:46 pm

Joyeux Marteau wrote:Apple and Cinnamon, mix it with ginger ale.

Cherry (you could use dried sour cherries)and almond, although you might have to use essence.

It would be good to know what else you come up with!


Like those ideas JM

I'll have a look at the River Cottage book alkali
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Re: Infusing spirits

Postby Monkeybubbles on Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:20 pm

Rum
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Re: Infusing spirits

Postby hammerdivone on Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:29 pm

Monkeybubbles wrote:Rum


and...
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Re: Infusing spirits

Postby warp on Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:31 pm

Monkeybubbles wrote:Rum


that!


or the '44':

pick one orange, push 44 coffee beans through its peel, put it in one litre of dry grappa (or vodka, or plain alcohol) along with 44 sugars. leave for 44 days.

it's way too much sugar for me, but that's the idea.
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Re: Infusing spirits

Postby warp on Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:32 pm

Monkeybubbles wrote:Rum
hammerdivone wrote:and...

... a good cigar.
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Re: Infusing spirits

Postby Rocketron on Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:31 pm

Chilli Vodka always hits the spot.
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Re: Infusing spirits

Postby hammerdivone on Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:44 pm

Rocketron wrote:Chilli Vodka always hits the spot.


I'm thinking about this as I've grown some chillies called Lemon Drop which with it's citrus flavour might make something very special

https://www.chilipeppermadness.com/chili-pepper-types/medium-hot-chili-peppers/lemon-drop-chili-pepper
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Re: Infusing spirits

Postby RichieRiv on Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:30 pm

The Old Man of Storr wrote:We have an old elder tree at the bottom of or garden , every year I think ' Must gather the elder flowers to make champagne ' - I never do .


I've done it a couple of years running, but no one liked drinking it apart from me so I didn't bother this year. It is great fun though. Finding the Elder Trees (not near bus stops that are covered in dog piss), getting the flowers in the early morning when they're at their best, then experimenting with different additives - grapefruit, orange and lemon (save putting in citric acid) and loading it with sugar over a couple of weeks to get the alcohol levels up.

You could make cordial.
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Re: Infusing spirits

Postby ereford ammer on Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:34 pm

I agree that rhubarb makes great vodka, as do gooseberries, Victoria plums and damsons. I was not impressed with raspberry, strawberry,quince or medlar. I bought some Seville orange vodka and it was amazing. Must make some.
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Re: Infusing spirits

Postby Joyeux Marteau on Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:20 pm

Gooseberries sounds like a great choice! I love gooseberries.

Grapefruit might work as well.

I'm going to have to experiment. . .
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Re: Infusing spirits

Postby southbrishammer on Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:29 pm

hammerdivone wrote:Leave for as long as possible which is the really hard bit.


Out of interest, since you have filtered out all the rhubarb etc, why are you supposed to leave it?

I once tried garlic vodka at the lovely Vodka Revolution. It was vile, and left the taste of garlic in my mouth for days.
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Re: Infusing spirits

Postby Tenbury on Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:00 am

RichieRiv wrote:You could make cordial.



That's the answer for me. It's easy, quick and ridiculously good when diluted using cheap sparkling springwater (20p for 2Lts@ Aldi/Lidl) that's been in the fridge.
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