How does a bacon, a cucumber, or even a basil-inspired cocktail sound? Though it may seem odd to want to eat your liquor, food infused vodkas are on the rise, and we’re not talking about your typical namby pamby citrus flavored vodkas.
Almost anything edible can physically be infused with vodka. More common infusions consist of fresh fruits or herbs. Herbs (basil, rosemary, etc.) are especially popular for homemade infusions because they give off a strong aromatic scent, which makes for a bolder result.
The best part about food infused vodka is that you can DIY. Doing it yourself has much more appeal than paying a large sum to have a pretentious mixologist construct a cocktail that seemingly only lasts you about four or five sips.
The directions are pretty simple: cut food into pieces, place pieces into a jar, add vodka to the jar, store in cool-dark place, shake once a day and enjoy your brand new vodka about one to two weeks later.
One infusion that is becoming popular right now is a meat lover’s favorite: bacon. You probably have a favorite Bloody Mary recipe using “the” vodka that you swear by. Now picture it with the salty, fatty, smoky flavorings of bacon-enhanced vodka to turn your morning hangover routine into a much more pleasant experience. Hungover or not, a bacon flavored cocktail is definitely worth waking up for.
- 3 strips of bacon
- handful of peppercorns (optional)
- unflavored, quality vodka.
- Fry the three strips of bacon.
- Add the cooked bacon to a clean container, trimming the ends of the bacon strips if they are too long to fit.
- Add crushed peppercorns, if you wish.
- Fill the container with vodka, cover and place in a cool, dark place. Refrigeration is unnecessary.
- After three weeks, put the mixture in a freezer so the fat congeals.
- Strain the fat through a coffee filter.
We’re definitely up for IN-fusing anything!