Yes my pregnant friend has been the inspiration of my recent experimentation in flavored vodka! She’s hoping this gives me enough practice to perfect the process for when she can drink again. Silly girl! 🙂 So my first try is with Mango and Lavender. Yes I said Lavender. Another friend of mine suggested I experiment with Lavender as an edible ingredient since it seems to be the new “thing.” So my first thought was Lavender vodka, but I wanted another flavor to help it out – Mango (one of my favorites).
750 ml Mid-grade vodka (I used Smirnoff – Skyy or Absolute would work too according to Shawnee)
1t. lavender (crush it up)
1 pakage frozen mango (Choose fresh if possible, there were no fresh mangos in the store right now)
In a jar with an airtight lid pour mango in the jar and sprinkle lavender. Pour vodka over the fruit. Store in a place out of direct sunlight and shake every day or so. Since lavendar is strong I added very very little of it and I will infuse this flavor for 5 days and then taste to see how it’s coming along – good I hope.
During this process if the fruit becomes brown in color, remove those pieces. You can also replace with fresher fruit half way through the process too. (The mango was fine for 5 days). Ingredients that have a strong flavor (lavender, citrus, grapes) will likely infuse in just a few days. While subtle flavors (like almonds or apples) could use up to a month of infusing. If you are infusing subtle flavors with a more intense flavor add the intense ingredient(s) at the end for the last few days. (as I figure this out I’ll update this post)
Once the fruit is done infusing, strain the vodka and then pour into a nice bottle. Try The Container Store this website is so cool. It appeals to my love of organization! 🙂 The jar above with the mini chalk board I found at World Market ($4.99)
I will update this post as my experiment progresses…next experiment flavors to try: