Raspberry vodka is a classic, mellow spirit that all adults can enjoy. Not only can it be enjoyed plain, but it's also tasty in mixed drinks. Rather than spending money on this infused vodka, take the time to make your own.
Things You'll Need
- 4 pints of raspberries
- Coffee strainer
- Resealable glass container
Pick 4 pints of raspberries. In-season berries are best. You can find fresh ones at the supermarket or farmer's market from May to November, or you can pick them yourself. Be sure to choose berries that have had their hulls removed, or else your infusion will be very tart.
Purchase vodka to infuse. While quality vodkas like Belvedere make for a smoother drink, raspberries have a strong enough flavor to hold their own in an infusion with a cheaper vodka like Smirnoff. If you aren't sure about the quality of your vodka, visit the Cocktail Times website for more information about types of vodkas (see Resources below).
Wash the raspberries. Be sure to keep them whole and throw out any mushy or green ones. Place them in a resealable container (like a large glass jar with a screw-on lid), and then pour the vodka over them to infuse them. Stir the mixture before sealing the container.
Allow the mixture to sit in a warm, dry place. Mix it a few times every day for about a week, sampling the vodka to test for taste. If the raspberries become overripe, remove them and replace them with new ones.
Pour the mixture through the coffee filter to remove any raspberry pieces. Serve as part of a mixed drink or on the rocks. Be sure to store your mixture in the refrigerator after opening.
Tips & Warnings
- Try using Meeker raspberries for your infusion. These berries, which are usually grown in the Washington state area, are larger and less red, but just as sweet.
- Leave time for testing. It's hard to get proportions right the first time you infuse raspberry vodka. If you're not sure what you're doing, make test batches in small resealable containers until you've got a handle on the process.
- Don't add sugar to the mixture, even if your berries aren't sweet enough. In infusions, sugar only helps if you're infusing a bitter ingredient. Buy new raspberries and try again or use the vodka as a mixer if you don't like your results.
- Don't muddle your raspberries for the infusion process. The berries make the vodka smoother as they soak up the liquor. Muddling them will affect the process and make your infusion look unappetizing.
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