Spirits can be transformed with a few simple ingredients to make your own infused drinks that can be enjoyed poured over ice, mixed into a cocktail or bottled nicely and given as personal gifts. Here are five easy recipes for flavoured spirits that can be made with very little effort.
In the UK, blackberries can be picked at the end of August and throughout September. We often take some Tupperware and head to the nearest hedgerow to pick them, we then freeze some for later use, make an apple and blackberry crumble and make some blackberry vodka which will be ready to be enjoyed at Christmas.
To make blackberry vodka add some blackberries and sugar to vodka and leave for between 2 weeks to 3 months to infuse. After this time, strain the mixture and bottle ready for consumption. As a general rule approximately we use around 200g of sugar and around 300g of fruit in one litre of spirit. This drink is delicious over ice, with soda or lemonade, or poured over vanilla ice cream for a fruity boozy dessert.
Limoncello is one of my favourite alcoholic drinks, we usually have a bottle in the freezer. It’s so simple to make, just vodka, lemon peel and sugar. Firstly. pare the zest of approximately five lemons (for one litre of vodka), and add to the spirit in a kilner jar. Leave the jar for at least a week, gently shaking every day. After that time is up, add around 750g of sugar to 700 ml of boiling water and dissolve the sugar, add this to the vodka and lemon mix and leave for at least another week before bottling.
Best served ice cold after a meal.
This elegant drink is a simple infusion of saffron in gin, you can find full instruction on our blog post here.
Spiced rum has a fantastic taste of vanilla and cinnamon and can be made by bottling rum, adding a vanilla pod, a stick of cinnamon bark, allspice, cloves, cardamom, star anise, and nutmeg. Keep the spices in the jar as you drink it and top up regularly with rum.
Slice two chillies and add to one litre of vodka, strain after only a few hours and bottle. Makes a great addition to a bloody Mary.
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