Basic vodka can be turned into something more luscious even before adding a mixer. Try infusing some vodka with chocolate for a cheaper, tastier alternative to the more expensive flavored vodkas at the liquor store.
Things You'll Need
- Cocoa powder
- Resealable glass container
- Coffee strainer
- Decorative bottle
- 1 1/2 oz. plain vodka
- 1/2 oz. Cointreau
- 1 oz. white chocolate liqueur
- Orange wedge
Infuse Your Vodka
Choose your vodka. Inexpensive vodka like Smirnoff can be infused, but a more quality vodka like Grey Goose will make your final product go down more smoothly.
Pick your chocolate. Vodka can be infused successfully with unsweetened cocoa powder. The key to a good chocolate vodka is the quality of the chocolate you put into it. If you choose a cocoa powder, buy a quality product like Ghirardelli over Hershey's. If you prefer a milder chocolate flavor, choose Dutch-process cocoa, which is less acidic.
Decide on the kind of container in which to infuse your vodka. When you infuse vodka with cocoa powder, you can make your concoction right in the vodka bottle. However, if you're making a large batch, you may prefer to use a gallon-size glass jar with a screw-on lid. You can find jars like this at the Specialty Bottle website (see Resources below).
Measure out 1 cup of cocoa powder per 750 ml of vodka. Pour it into the bottle of vodka through a funnel, or simply pour it and the vodka into a wide-mouthed jar. Stir or shake to combine.
Place the container in a cool, dark area, such as a little-used closet. Each week, take out your infusion and shake or stir it.
Taste the vodka after 2 weeks has passed. It generally takes between 2 and 4 weeks to develop the flavor fully.
Pour the mixture through a coffee strainer and into another resealable container.
Make a Simple Syrup
Combine one part sugar to two parts water in a small saucepan.
Place over medium heat and stir until all of the sugar has completely dissolved.
Cool to room temperature and place in an airtight container.
Sweeten Your Infusion
Pour the syrup into the vodka using a spoon, tasting until you reach the desired level of sweetness.
Pour the vodka into a decorative bottle and place it in a cool, dark place.
Tips & Warnings
- Some infusion specialists recommend putting marbles into the infusion container to keep the vodka mixture from clogging the container.
- Try making a chocolate orange martini with your new concoction. Mix 1 1/2 oz. of plain vodka, 1/2 oz. of Cointreau, 1 oz. of white chocolate liqueur and 1/2 oz. of your chocolate vodka. Garnish with an orange wedge.
- Don't give your vodka mix a quick swirl and forget about it. If you don't mix your creation properly, the chocolate may clog the spout of your container and change the flavor of your mixture.
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