Video:How to Infuse Vodka With Rosemarywith Thomas Kunick
Making your own vodka infusions at home requires just a few simple steps and some creativity. See how to infuse vodka with a delicious rosemary flavor.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Infuse Vodka With RosemaryHello, my name is Thomas Kunick, we're here at the Downtown Cocktail Room in Las Vegas, Nevada for About.com drinks. Today we're going to go over a couple of methods to infuse vodkas with flavors.
Vodka Infusion SuppliesSome of the tools that you will need for this infusion is a jar large enough to hold your infusion, some cheese cloth, a strainer, a funnel, most of this stuff you should have, if not a cheese cloth, a coffee filter works well. We're going to use a mid-grade vodka. You want to just acquire yourself an inexpensive vodka, nothing to cheap, but don't go overboard on the price, you're just going to infuse it with your own flavors anyhow.
Add Rosemary and Vodka to JarWe're going to go with a rosemary vodka. The first step, take your rosemary. I'm going to start off with three sprigs of rosemary. Rosemary has a very pungent, intense flavor and smell to it, so I don't want to use to much and risk overpowering my vodka, I can always add more later. So, add the rosemary to your jar, take your vodka, and just pour it in.
Completely Submerge RosemaryAs you can see, a good portion of my rosemary is not submersed in the vodka. The vodka level comes up a few inches. You want whatever you're infusing to be completely submersed in your vodka, so I'm just going to push it down, ok. Put the cap on tight, and the first stage is done.
Monitor Vodka Every DayNow that we have your infusion going, what you want to do is monitor it, every day or so. You want to give this a taste, take a straw down inside, give it a little taste, to see the intensity of your flavors. Give it a little agitation, this will help the process along, but as it is maybe two or three days should be ideal.
What you're going to notice after a few days is that your vodka is going to start taking on some of the color from whatever ingredient that you add in there. Don't be alarmed, that's very common, but you're also going to have a lot of potential debris, some sediment leftover from your herbs, or vegetables or fruits that you're using.
Pour Vodka Through Cheese ClothSo, what I'm going to do here is take this container, place a little of my cheese cloth over the top, and just pour your vodka through. And this will catch any of the fine sediment, so you have a much cleaner vodka available. At this point, your infusion is done. All I like to do at this point is just put the infusion back into your bottle. Just take a funnel, and I'm just pouring the infusion back into the original bottle that I poured it from, and this vodka should last pretty much indefinitely.
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