I went through a period in college where I thought that cherry-flavored vodka was the bees knees. My friends and I would drink it with diet cokes, and think that we were super classy for making such delicious “cocktails.”
Ahh, the good old days.
Today, I look at cocktails a little bit differently.
I prefer using real ingredients, like fresh squeezed juice instead of pre-packaged mixers. And my newest thing? Making my own infused liquor instead of buying the sticky-sweet pre-maid stuff. If you’re a marshmallow-flavored vodka-type person, no worries. I don’t judge. But I will say this: the flavor of liquor infused with fresh fruit, herbs and spices is like a totally different experience.
Go ahead and try making infused tequila and you’ll see for yourself. I recently made my own batch of infused tequila. And because I was too indecisive to pick one flavor combination, I decided to go with three:
~ Strawberry Basil for a fresh taste of spring
~ Pineapple Jalapeño for a tropical kick
~ Grapefruit Cinnamon for a citrusy-yet-savory combo
And in a nutshell? Totally a success!
I was really pleased with the results, but I wanted to give these infused tequilas the ultimate test. So naturally, I brought them out for our friends to taste test at our latest dinner party. For variety (and because not everyone likes to sip tequila straight), I also brought sparkling water, grapefruit juice and orange juice.
It’s safe to say our friends had a blast mixing and matching their own cocktails. I was sort of hoping there would be a clear winner – but everyone had their own favorites for different reasons. So, I have to share all three flavor ideas.
With Cinco De Mayo right around the corner, this would make a pretty fabulous alternative addition to tequila shooters or margaritas. What flavors are you going to mix up?
Homemade Infused Tequila
1 cup of desired infusion ingredients, ex: fresh strawberries and basil leaves, pineapple chunks and sliced jalapeños, grapefruit slices and cinnamon sticks or your own fun combination
3 cups tequila
Wash and prep infusion ingredients. Add to glass container along with tequila, and screw lid on tight. Let jar sit on counter (out of sun) for 3-5 days, taste-testing each day to achieve desired flavor. When tequila is properly infused, strain and re-bottle. And that’s it. Enjoy responsibly 🙂
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