infusing booze… easy & tasty

infused

i opt for straight up vodka most of the time but i can never deny a stoli o & soda.  ive infused vodka, bourbon & rum before have had some ups & downs.  the bacon infused bourbon wassss pretty legit in a bloody mary.  infusing with fruit is pretty easy.  this time i infused with 3 different fruits.  mango, pineapple & strawberry… i have some ideas for them and will feature them in this post after i have hopefully been successful.

makes just over a cup of each flavor

1 cup pineapple, chopped
1 cup mango, chopped
1 cup strawberries, chopped
1 750ml bottle vodka, i use cheap & gluten free luksusowa
3 15 oz jars with lids

. place each fruit in their own jars & cover with just over a cup of vodka each
. place the lids on & set in a cool dark place for 3 days, other flavors many require more time but with fruit, 3 days normally does the trick
. strain through a fine mesh strainer pressing the fruit to get all of the booze out of them
. strain again through coffee filter & return to jar fruit & debris… i keep mine in the fridge

cocktails made from said infused booze…

tropical punch
2 parts mango infused vodka

1/2 part triple sec

1 1/2 parts guava juice/nectar

1 part mango juice/nectar

tablespoon of left over mango & pineapple from infusion

. place all ingredients into shaker & shake

. crack open shaker (so that whole fruit pieces will come out too) & pour over ice

strawberry lemonade

1/4 lemon

2 strawberries, chopped

2 parts strawberry vodka

2 parts lemonade

. muddle together strawberries & lemon in shaker, then remove lemon

. add vodka & lemonade and shake

. crack open shaker & pour over ice

pineapple mint smashie

2 tablespoons pineapple from infusion

8 mint leaves

2 parts pineapple infused vodka

club soda

. in shaker, add pineapple, mint & vodka.. throw some ice in & shakes for 30 seconds to break up the mint

. crack open shaker, pout into glass & top with club soda

the punch is the cocktail to hand out to get masses a little tipsy.  the strawberry lemonade is the perfect poolside refreshing drink.  the pineapple mint smashie is great to sip on all night.  i made them all for my mom & i and we were both impressed with the flavors. they may not be on par with my fav bartenders, neal, wendel & yared but they will do for the times i cant get to one of them.

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