Infused vodka is all the rage right now and couldn’t be easier to do. Nothing tells a guest that you’ve thought of every detail more than having a signature cocktail made from your own infused vodka. Look out Martha Stewart!
As much as I love infused vodka, I’m a gal who leans toward a fluffier cocktail as long as it’s not too sweet. The solution – Homemade Liqueur! A liqueur is basically a flavored vodka plus a simple syrup.
I have found a simpler way to make a liqueur that’s quick and easy – canned fruit. Canned fruit already comes in a syrup which makes it perfect for liqueurs.
For my next infusions, I’m going to try peaches, pear, apricots and mandarin oranges. Here’s all you need
- Canned Fruit
- A mid-priced Vodka
- A large, clean glass jar with a lid (one per fruit)
It’s as simple as opening the can of fruit, pouring it into the jar (syrup and all) and then covering with vodka. Put your jar in a cool, dark place and let steep. Shake the jar every couple of days. You should be ready to party in 2-3 weeks. Voila – Homemade liqueur!
Here is a Lychee liqueur I made several months ago. Although it looks like floating eyeballs from some mad-scientist experiment, it’s really fabulous! My favorite way to enjoy it is with cranberry juice. It’s light and refreshing enough for a summer drink. However, that beautiful ruby color garnished with a slice of lime makes it a great holiday cocktail as well (see above photo). Watch my blog…In 2-3 weeks I’ll have some festive recipes using my newly-made liqueurs!