Cucumbers have become an essential fruit for my summer meals. I’ve been adding them into almost everything cold related. I don’t know what it is about cucumbers, but they are very exhilarating. Crisp, cool, and fresh are all the adjectives that come to my mind when thinking of this raw delicacy.
Infusing spirits is a great way to experiment with your personal taste. Your base spirit will set the foundation for a good infusion. Choosing a decent spirit that is smooth and clean will allow for the flavors to shine. I suggest using a cheap vodka such as Burnetts or Pearl for the infusion. The most common infusions are fruit based, but herbs and spices can also be used to experiment with to create awesome combinations. Making the infusion is very simple. Find a clear air tight jar, I just kept the vodka bottle and added the fabricated fruit to the spirit. You should store the infusion in a cool dark place and let sit for 5-7 days before using. Once your infusion has reached its peak in flavor, your will need to strain the spirit into another clean jar or bowl.
Use this chart to guide how long to leave the ingredients in your spirit:
- General Infusion Times:
- 3-4 days: Intense flavors such as basil, dill, garlic, grapefruit, lemons, limes, mint, oranges, oregano, peppers, tarragon, thyme, and vanilla beans.
- 1 week: Moderate flavors such as blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupes, lavender, mangoes, peaches, pitted cherries, raspberries, rosemary, and strawberries.
- 2 weeks: Mild flavors such as pineapple, ginger and lemongrass.
I’ve taken my cucumber vodka and made an amazing vodka tonic. Great for a summer evening! You can always use it in a Bloody Mary or drink by itself over ice.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Actual Time: 5 Days
-1 Cucumber, Peeled, seeded, cut.
-1 750 ml Bottle Burnetts Vodka or other cheap Vodka of your choice.
-Peel the cucumber, cut in half, remove the seeds and cut in small pieces.
-Add the cucumber into the vodka. Twist the cap back on, shake and place in a cool and dark area of the kitchen.
-Shake up the bottle every day.
-At day 5, strain liquid into through a mesh strainer into another jar. Discard cucumber.
–Enjoy over ice or in a cocktail of your creation using your wildest imagination!
Cucumber Vodka & Tonic:
-2 Lime wedges
-2 Slices fresh Cucumber
-Place ice in a glass. Fill half way with cucumber vodka, and other half with tonic water.
-Squeeze both lime wedges in in cocktail, toss limes into drink.
-Add in Cucumber slices, stir.
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