September and October have been about experimenting with Vodka infusions.
I’ve been keen to try making my own vodka flavours. Not the ‘skittles in cheap stuff’ that was popular in Uni, but something a bit more exciting that can double up as Christmas presents.
I thought fruit would be a good idea, but the raspberry and papaya vodka was horrid! It smelt like gone off fruit and had a funny after taste. I did want to try Raspberry and Rhubarb – but I got the wrong time of the year.
I also tried Krispy Kreme, now this was a different story. Super sweet but very tasty. I used plain ones as they have a distinctive taste. I let them soak for about 4-5 days them used a muslin to remove the big chunks of doughnut.
Next up was Oreo vodka. I read online that the double filled ones were best to use. This took the full 5 days to break down but it was worth it. This stuff is amazing! You can really taste the Oreo flavour and it takes the hit of the vodka off.
For this, I used the short jars – about half a litre of vodka. I crushed up the oreos a little before I put them in, there were chunks but eventually these dissolve into s chocolate sludge.
The final experiment was Turkish Delight. The Fry’s chocolate variety. I really like this as a treat and the vodka has not disappointed. The rosewater jelly doesn’t really breakdown, but you get the flavour. It’s like liquid Turkish Delight. Really moreish and best served chilled.
For this one I used 6 bars of Fry’s chocolate and topped up the rest of it with the vodka. The bars are chopped up before they go in, otherwise it would take quite a while to break down.
Don’t forget to give them a shake each day – otherwise all the chocolate will sit at the bottom in a lump.
This is good fun to make. You need to a bit patient as some of it takes longer to breakdown in the vodka than others. The Vodka isn’t super clear – mostly because I don’t want to spend hours filtering it through the muslin again and again. With a few tries, it is a little clearer.