RECIPE: Two Bloody Mary Vodka Infusions

RECIPE: Two Bloody Mary Vodka Infusions #cocktail #party

In my last post, I mentioned that my 31st birthday is coming up and I am planning to celebrate by hosting a Bloody Mary themed party. I’ve been craving a good Bloody Mary ever since we got hit with our first heat wave in Portland. It felt too hot to cook or really eat much in 95+ degree heat and a cold Bloody Mary with all the fixings sounded like the perfect dinner on a hot summer night. (Un)lucky for me, the weather forecast for this coming weekend says the heat will be back on with another 97 degree high so I guess I’ll finally get exactly what I’ve been craving.

In preparation for the party I decided to infuse some vodkas. I chose two recipes, a special Bloody Mary Infusion (think garlic) and Bacon Habanero (think spicy).

RECIPE: Two Bloody Mary Vodka Infusions #cocktail #party

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Bloody Mary Infused Vodka
 
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Ingredients
  • • Garlic, crushed
  • • Tomato, sliced
  • • Olives
  • • Bell Pepper, halved
  • • Cilantro
  • • Dill
  • • Vodka
Instructions
  1. Fill a large mason jar with garlic, tomato, bell pepper, olives and herbs. I filled my jar about ⅓-1/2 of the way. Next add the vodka, filling the jar. Allow to infuse in the refrigerator for at least three days (I infused for a full week). Strain and discard the veggies, then pour infused vodka back into a clean jar or bottle.

RECIPE: Two Bloody Mary Vodka Infusions #cocktail #party

The Bloody Mary Infusion can be made up any way you want so feel free to try different combinations. Other ingredients to consider adding are: celery, cucumber, jalapeño, peppercorns. Now on to the bacon….

RECIPE: Two Bloody Mary Vodka Infusions #cocktail #party

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Bacon Habanero Infused Vodka
 
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Ingredients
  • 6 slices pepper bacon, cooked
  • 3 habanero peppers, halved and seeded
  • 2 serrano peppers, halved and seeded
  • Vodka
Instructions
  1. Place bacon and peppers in a large mason jar and cover with vodka, filling the jar. Let infuse in the refrigerator for up to one week. Give it a taste test after 3-4 days. The longer it infuses the spicier it will become.

RECIPE: Two Bloody Mary Vodka Infusions #cocktail #party

RECIPE: Flower Infused Sugar

RECIPE: Flower Infused Sugar #diycraftchallenge #herbs #infusion #diy

While out and about last week, I slipped into a local bookstore to browse for a few minutes. With no intention of buying anything, I of course walked out with a new book, Herbal Goddess by Amy Jirsa. The book is filled with gorgeous photos of herbal remedies, recipes and potions. Amy discusses 12 of her favorite herbs, how they effect the mind, body, spirit and pairs each one with a yoga pose. I was hooked!

I’ve been looking for new ways to incorporate some of my favorite herbs into my cooking, particularly roses. So I decided to try out Amy’s recipe for infusing sugar. For fun, I chose three different (edible) flowers to try: rose, lavender and chamomile.

RECIPE: Flower Infused Sugar #diycraftchallenge #herbs #infusion #diy

Flower Infused Sugar
 
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Recipe type: Infusion
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • • ⅓ cup dried herbs or edible flowers
  • • 2 cups organic sugar (white or brown)
Instructions
  1. Pour herbs into a quart size mason jar. Cover with two cups of sugar and close with a lid. Give it a good shake and let sit in a cool, dry place for two weeks (giving it a good shake every day).

 

RECIPE: Flower Infused Sugar #diycraftchallenge #herbs #infusion #diy

More infusions to try:

Vanilla, citrus (lemon, lime, orange), ginger, rosemary, mint

Use your infused sugar just like you would regular sugar! Sweeten your tea or coffee, use it to bake cookies and cakes, and have fun experimenting!

RECIPE: Flower Infused Sugar #diycraftchallenge #herbs #infusion #diy

RECIPE: Homemade Bitters + Champagne Cocktail

RECIPE: Homemade Bitters #diy #cocktail #infusion

Bitters is one of my favorite cocktail ingredients. A classic cure-all and drink flavoring, if you go to any cocktail bar here in Portland, you’ll find it used in many different drinks. I usually stick to using Angostura or Peychaud’s at home, but after reading this book, I decided to try making my own. I chose two different kinds, orange spice and cherry licorice. Both turned out good! My favorite way to use it is in a champagne cocktail (recipe below). You could also use it to make a Manhattan or Old-Fashioned if you are a fan of bourbon.

To make bitters at home you need to infuse a combination of botanicals and high proof alcohol.

Bittering Agents: Angelica root, birch leaf, burdock root, dandelion bark, gentian root, licorice root, wormwood, calamas root, wild cherry bark, and orris root are all great places to start.

Flavor Agents: Try any combination of allspice berries, anise seed, caraway seed, cinnamon, citrus peel, clove, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, hops, juniper berries, lavender, lemongrass, nutmeg, rose hips, sarsaparilla, or star anise.

You can also use dried fruits, nuts and beans (like cocoa or coffee)

To learn more about making bitters, I highly recommend getting a copy of, A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All: Bitters by Brad Thomas Parsons.

RECIPE: Homemade Bitters #diy #cocktail #infusion

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Homemade Bitters
 
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Recipe type: Digestive
Cuisine: Beverage
Ingredients
  • Orange Spice Bitters

  • 1 cup Everclear
  • 1 medium orange
  • 4 tablespoons burdock root
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 piece fresh ginger, cut in half (approx. 1 ½ inches)
  • 4 allspice berries
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon honey dissolved in 2 teaspoons of hot water
  • Cherry Licorice Bitters

  • 1 cup Everclear
  • 1 medium orange
  • 4 tablespoons burdock root
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fennel seeds
  • ¼ cup dried cherries
  • 1 tablespoon honey dissolved in 2 teaspoons of hot water
Instructions
  1. Remove the orange zest in strips with a vegetable peeler and discard the white pith. Combine the zest with the aromatics and herbs in a wide-mouth canning jar. Pour the Everclear over the top and add in the liquid honey and about ⅓ cup of juice from the orange. Cover with a tight fitting lid and store at room temperature. Allow to steep for at least two weeks. Give the jar a good shake every other day or so.
  2. After the steeping process is finished, strain into a clean jar using a coffee filter. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.

I ordered some 4 oz glass bottles with droppers from Specialty Bottle to package my homemade bitters. Gatsby style labels are courtesy of Evermine. I love the classic, vintage look.

RECIPE: Homemade Bitters #diy #cocktail #infusion

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Recipe: Champagne Cocktail
 
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Cuisine: Beverage
Ingredients
  • 1 glass of champagne
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1-2 dashes of bitters
Instructions
  1. Place sugar cube in bottom of champagne flute. Add a few dashes of bitters. Top with champagne. Cheers!

RECIPE: Homemade Bitters + Champagne Cocktail #diy #infusion #aromaticHas anyone else tried making their own bitters? Do you have any favorite flavor combinations? I think I want to try making a lavender bitters next…