Farm to Drink: Infusions

From baking sweets and making decorations, ‘tis the season for doing crafty projects at home. And we have a new item to add to your holiday to-do list: infusions.

Don’t worry; it’s a fairly simple process and doesn’t require double-sided tape or any frosting skills. In fact, drinkers have been flavoring spirits with fresh fruits, herbs and spices for hundreds of years. Not only is this a great way to enjoy a taste of fall all winter long, but the finished product also makes a festive cocktail.

The latest video in our Farm to Drink series hosted by top bartender and Liquor.com contributor Charlotte Voisey walks you through the steps for creating a pear-and-lemongrass vodka infusion, which takes minutes to assemble but needs a few days to cure. On a tighter party schedule? Voisey also demonstrates a high-tech rapid-infusion technique to prepare a bubbly tequila-and-lemon-basil concoction.

She also shares her recipe for a delicious twist on the classic Tom Collins, which works with any infused liquor and is the perfect drink for a holiday gathering. Enjoy the video here!

Lemongrass & Pear Infusion

Contributed by Charlotte Voisey

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 Lemongrass stalks, coarsely chopped
  • 4 Pears, coarsely chopped
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle Stolichnaya Vodka

PREPARATION:
Add all the ingredients to a large glass jar with a lid and seal. Shake the jar and let stand for 3 to 4 days, tasting after the third day to check for flavor intensity. When the flavor is at your desired intensity, strain and rebottle.

Lemon Basil Fast Infusion

Contributed by Charlotte Voisey

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 oz Milagro Silver Tequila or vodka
  • 1 cup Fresh lemon basil

PREPARATION:
Add both ingredients to an iSi Soda Siphon. Charge with 2 CO2 canisters and shake well. Refrigerate until needed.

Infused Tom Collins

Contributed by Charlotte Voisey

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 oz Infused vodka or tequila
  • Juice of half a lime
  • .5 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
  • Club soda, chilled
  • Garnish: Lime wheel and fresh lemon-basil leaf
  • Glass: Highball or flute

PREPARATION:
Add the vodka or tequila, lime juice and simple syrup to a highball glass. Fill with ice and top with soda. Garnish with a lime wheel and fresh lemon basil leaf.

To serve the drink up, add the vodka or tequila, lime juice and simple syrup to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake quickly and strain into a Champagne flute. Top with soda. (Do not garnish.)

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