I don’t know if you will believe me, but Mushroom Vodka is actually delicious!
I struggled with what kind of mushrooms to infuse, and what spirit to put them in. Many of you who are not vodka fans, but our intent was to try to leave the mushroom flavor to stand on its own. We didn’t want to mask the mushroom or interfere with the flavors it was infusing into the booze. Vodka seemed the best way to do that.
As for the mushrooms, I have heard a few accounts of infusing candy cap mushrooms, which apparently give a slightly sweet, maple-like flavor to the alcohol. I also found one reference to using porcini mushrooms. I have never had candy cap mushrooms, and truthfully, I was too lazy to go looking for them. I happen to love chanterelles, so that was what we infused.
1/4 cup Dried Chanterelle Mushrooms (a bit overflowing)
1 cup Vodka
Combine ingredients in a jar, seal and infuse for about 3 days. Strain.
Now we need to figure out what kind of cocktail we would like to use this in. We will probably do something simple, to appreciate the mushroom flavor. It is slightly sweet, and has subtly mellowed the vodka a bit.
Please let us know if you infuse any mushrooms and feel free to send us your cocktail suggestions.