Started a new batch of infused vodka, I was thinking something a little spicy and citrus.
I chopped a 3/4 cup of ginger chunks, 2 lemons sliced one orange, and lots of vodka. Put it in the refrigerator for two weeks. At this point take a sample and see how it tastes, add more flavor if you want or start making cocktails.
Here is an idea for an Icy ginger lemon cocktail
- One 3-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 8 cups crushed ice
- 2 cups Infused ginger vodka
- mint sprigs, for garnish
- In a small saucepan, combine the sliced ginger with the water and sugar and bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Simmer for 5 minutes, then let the ginger syrup cool slightly. Transfer to a blender and puree. Strain the syrup into a large, shallow glass dish. Stir in the lemon zest and juice. Cover and freeze the lemon-ginger syrup until firm, at least 4 hours.
- Let the frozen lemon-ginger mixture stand at room temperature for 5 minutes. Chop the mixture into large pieces. Put half of the pieces in a blender, add 4 cups of crushed ice and 1 cup of vodka and blend until slushy. Pour the vodka cocktail into 4 glasses, garnish each with a mint sprig and serve. Repeat with the remaining frozen lemon mixture, ice, vodka and mint sprigs. Serve at once.
This past summer I picked some cucumbers and lemon grass out of my vegetable garden and infused it with some vodka. The first drink that came to mind was a Bloody Mary.
I am a Bloody Mary fan and normally I go for the spicy meaty bloody mary with the beef stick garnish. The cucumber lemon grass vodka gave the Bloody Mary a new refreshing right out of the garden flavor. I have since been keeping my eyes out for cucumber vodka cocktail ideas and as usually once you are looking for something it seems to keep popping up all over. In magazines and drink menus all over town.
“Invented by bartender Fernand Petiot at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris in the 1920s, the bloody mary began as a simple blend of vodka and tomato juice. Petiot brought it with him when he returned to the States, added the drink’s signature spiciness, and since then it has soared in popularity, spawning numerous variations.”
Of course one of the best things about the bloody mary is all the many garnish ideas one can come up with. Makes for a meal of it’s own.
If you are in a pinch the best bloody mary mix is Zing Zang.
Here is another drink recipe idea:
RIPSAW…. muddled mint–cucumber lemon grass vodka–fresh lime juice–and soda on the rocks
Enjoy in moderation:)