How do you like your oatmeal? Do you like it with cream and brown sugar? How about raisins and walnuts? Even if you don’t normally eat or care for oatmeal, I have a feeling you will like this…
I was inspired by an Oat and Honey Vodka recipe from Chow, which lists that it is adapted from Blue Hill at Stone Barns.
I have trouble following directions, so I didn’t follow the recipe. I really love brown sugar in my oatmeal, so we adapted it accordingly. It was hard to keep myself from putting dried cranberries and walnuts in there, but we wanted to be able to try this on its own first.
Oatmeal & Brown Sugar Booze
1 c. rolled oats
1 1/2 c. vodka
2/3 c. brandy
1/4 c. packed light brown sugar
We infused this for about 9 days, then strained and filtered well.
We did not refrigerate as the Chow recipe indicates. With the portions of ingredients we used, it was not necessary.
The oatmeal gives it a creamy flavor, and it is delicious! We have not tried it in cocktails yet, but this recipe from Chow says to add half-and-half for a Quaker Shaker.
Maybe the true inspiration for this is my college reunion (which I am not attending)… our mascot was the Quaker. Here’s a toast to dear old Penn!
Give this one a try. You won’t regret it.
April 14, 2012 at 9:02 am
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Going to try this for sure.
April 14, 2012 at 9:27 am
Great! Hope you like it…
April 14, 2012 at 9:32 am
What an interesting liqueur! I can’t wait to try that one myself!
April 14, 2012 at 9:43 am
Thanks Tam – let us know what you think if you try it!
April 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm
fantastic idea! i might try it with brandy/rum combo ~ not a vodka fan
love the “quaker shaker”
April 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm
I think brandy and rum would be great in this!
April 16, 2012 at 2:34 am
I am really curious to see how this turns out in some cocktails, let me know if you come up with any…I will ask my Mixology boyfriend for some ideas though. I LOVE oats and honey! I agree with Alicia, Rum would be an interesting option over Vodka. 🙂
April 16, 2012 at 6:49 pm
I think we’ll be trying this in cocktails soon… so stay tuned…
April 16, 2012 at 2:37 am
By the way my boyfriend did mention that next time infusing just the oats and alcohol may work better than infusing the sugar in there too…you can then make cocktails with the oat infusion and add a brown sugar syrup to your drinks to taste…we’re gonna try this at home though, I love this Post. Really great job its given us some great inspiration and ideas!!!
April 16, 2012 at 6:48 pm
Thanks! Glad to give you some ideas… Yes, it would be interesting to try without the sugar.
April 18, 2012 at 9:06 am
Breakfast of champions.
April 18, 2012 at 8:39 pm
I love it! Yes, but the champions of what?
Actually, I think this takes brunch cocktails to a whole new level…
May 2, 2012 at 9:48 am
I finally infused this a full 10-days and used it as the base for a White Russian, I used vanilla almond milk instead of milk or cream. Then, I had it in a Black Russian (because I’m not racist).
It’s funny that Smedette mentioned “Breakfast of champions,” because I saved the oats and then ate them for breakfast two mornings later to help alleviate a hangover. Genius!
May 2, 2012 at 8:41 pm
Wow! Very interesting… I will have to try that next time! The cocktails sound great too… Glad you tried it
May 14, 2012 at 6:25 am
I used oats to make Chocolate Stout Bitters — it creates a nice smooth mouthfeel. This sounds great — will have to try!
May 14, 2012 at 7:11 am
yum! I still haven’t experimented with very many bitters but want to do more. Chocolate stout bitters sound really great
July 8, 2012 at 10:19 am
A little follow up, the jury is in on this. BIG HIT at my July 4th cook out.
July 8, 2012 at 10:56 am
Jim, that’s awesome! How did you serve it? I mixed some with heavy cream recently (healthy, right…) and it was spectacular.
July 8, 2012 at 2:04 pm
In the passed, I used it as the vodka in my White Russians. This night, however, we just chilled and sipped it straight.
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February 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm
I made this and had it sitting for a long time, I actually forgot about it. When we took it out we added some cinnamon. I don’t know what possessed us to mix it with a little cranberry juice, BUT it turned into the most amazing apple-ly drink ever! I have no idea where the apple came from, but it was so delicious we have more jars brewing!
February 23, 2013 at 10:43 am
Hi Jill, that sound great! So glad you are enjoying the infusion! Cheers~
March 10, 2013 at 3:43 pm
If I try this, I might sub rum for the vodka…(I hate vodka, but I love rum, and I love brandy)
March 20, 2013 at 8:06 pm
I think rum and brandy would be excellent with the Oatmeal and brown sugar infusion! Sounds fabulous! Thanks for the idea… I have some great rum and may try it myself… I would suggest using a light rum. Cheers~
July 6, 2013 at 7:33 pm
Seeing how I make rum raisin oatmeal cookies, why not try this mix with rum. I’m working on a batch with Kraken rum. I went back to the original recipe with honey (just bought some from the farmers market) and I added cinnamon. Couldn’t resist adding an early sample to my coffee :p , so far so good.
July 8, 2013 at 7:14 am
Heather, I think the rum infusion sounds great! Thanks for the fabulous ideas! Cheers~
October 5, 2013 at 8:45 pm
I have a sudden urge to make this … Did you ever try it with cranberries? I’m considering infusing with a cinnamon stick at least. Oh, the possibilities …
October 10, 2013 at 7:44 pm
This is another surprising and delicious infusion. I have not tried it with cranberries. If you do, I would recommend the dried ones as they are sweetened and will go better with the brown sugar. I think you are right about lots of flavor combinations! It makes me think of all the combinations of fruit and nuts that I like in my morning oatmeal… Cheers~
December 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm
I would recommend using the post-infusion oats in oatmeal raisin cookies! The cookie recipe I have conveniently called for just the same amount of oats as in the booze recipe. And they are amazing! The booze comes through just a bit and I think the extra brown sugar helps, too. Yum! (It’s going to make a nice gift – a bottle of oatmeal brown sugar booze and bag of accompanying cookies.)
December 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm
Caitlin, what a great idea!! I love oatmeal raisin cookies, and that does sound like an excellent gift! Happy holidays and cheers~