Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Infuse Your Booze

This summer I have really been enjoying so many yummy flavors of infused water. It got me thinking, what's better than infused water? Duh, infused liquor! Similar, to water the flavor possibilities are endless. I've never done this before but I thought I would share with you how I did it. For my first go around I tried a strawberry-basil tequila and peach infused bourbon...I don't know if I can wait 2 weeks to see how it turns out!

Strawberry-Basil Tequila
I've been on a fruit kick this summer and can't get enough strawberries. I picked this basil up from the farmer's market yesterday and knew it was a match made in heaven. 
strawberry basil tequila

From everything I've read about infusing liquor I don't think there's an exact science to it. I just eyeballed about half a pint of strawberries and a few sprigs of basil. After dumping into my mason jar and filling it up with tequila. It's important to use a mason jar or other container with an air-tight lid. 
strawberry basil infused tequila

Depending upon how strong of a flavor you want you can leave the jars in the fridge for 1-2 weeks up to a month or so for dark liquors such as bourbon. An article I read suggested to shake the jar every day or so to help meld the flavors. I'm envisioning a strawberry-basil margarita with this jar along side a heaping pile of chips and salsa. 


Peach Infused Bourbon
Bourbon tends to be a little strong for my taste buds but I'm excited to see how the sweetness of the peaches tames the flavor. 


As I said earlier, I didn't go by any recipes for these and just threw in about 3 sliced peaches.
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peach infused bourbon

I'm excited to check back in with you all in a couple weeks and let you know how these turned out! Aside, from mixing up your own cocktails I think these would make great gifts! 

What flavor combinations do you think sound good?

15 comments:

  1. OMG Yum!!! My friend just made some jalapeno mint tequila that was almost deadly! Yours look great.

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  2. I tried making jalapeno infused vodka not too long ago. I let it infuse for a week (in a mason jar). It tasted pretty awful, lol. I did, however, use cheap vodka because I didn't want to ruin our good stuff. I think it's worth trying again. Can't wait to hear how yours turn out!

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  3. I like your bourbon idea! Gives it summer flavor!

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  4. Um, YES. I'm doing this today (is it noon yet?)

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  5. Yum! Love fresh fruit, esp in the summer. This is a great use of fruit IMO.

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  6. Oh man, that strawberry basil tequila has my name all over it! Thanks for sharing!

    Alyssa
    www.alyssawithana.com

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  7. The peach bourbon sounds so good! Can't wait to hear an update once it's ready! :)

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  8. I never thought about doing this! I'd definitely be down to try the strawberry basil. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Such an awesome idea! I've been loving infused water too, and think this would be fantastic!

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  10. Okay, this looks way to delicious to be real...as in- I am doing this tomorrow! It's going to be hard to wait the couple of months but a strawberry basil margarita is so worth it! Thanks for the idea!!

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  11. Bourbon cherries are equally delicious!

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  12. These sound so good... and so dangerous :) Yum!!!

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  13. Now I know what to do with that bushel of peaches I just bought from the Peach Truck!

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  14. Oh my goodness that sounds delicious!

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  15. Yesss! I absolutely love infusing alcohol! For some reason I've never tried with tequila, but I definitely need to try it out! And that peach bourbon looks divine! Thanks for sharing!

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