I like sesame, and I like honey. When I was a kid, we used to make a variety of a honey-sesame candy, and somehow I thought it would be good to infuse vodka with these flavors. … it is delicious!
1 oz Sesame Seeds
1 c. Vodka
2 TB Honey
Stirring frequently, toast the sesame seeds in a frying pan on low, until they start to brown. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add all ingredients to a small canning jar or other sealing jar. Shake, and allow to infuse in a dark, cool place for 3-4 weeks. Strain and filter, with cheesecloth and a coffee filter, then enjoy!
This infusion really tastes like sesame and honey. I think it will be great in cocktails… any ideas?
Ok, so back to these sesame seeds… Since I’ve been on a roll trying to use my infused ingredients, I decided to keep the infused, vodka soaked seeds. I toasted them on low in the oven until they started to brown, stirring occasionally. I then roughly followed the instructions for a sesame-honey candy (from Nourished Kitchen), and … they were pretty good! They disappeared pretty fast.
If you like sesame, you will like this liqueur.
May 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm
Mmm… I’m brainstorming, and I think an Asian-ish cocktail would be great. Something with lychee or plum, maybe? Ooh, or ginger!
May 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm
i love the steam of consciousness. I like the ideas, to brighten it up a bit. I just sampled to help with the flavor ideas… They all sound good.
May 17, 2012 at 6:40 pm
Wow, nice post. I wouldn’t think the sesame flavor would work in booze, but very, very cool…would the seeds be good drizzled on ice cream or yogurt (a little booze at breakfast is a good thing…)
May 17, 2012 at 7:47 pm
ha ha! Yes, boozy breakfast is great (weekends of course!) unfortunately the seeds are all gone! We used them all in the sesame candies
May 17, 2012 at 8:18 pm
Let me know when you think of how we’re going to drink this. 🙂
May 17, 2012 at 8:28 pm
i like that… “how we’re going to drink this”
I gave it a taste tonight, and it’s pretty rich. I think it might be nice to lighten it up a bit. (but for the winter, some cream might be nice to make it even richer). I will see what I can come up with.
May 17, 2012 at 8:42 pm
Good. I knew I could count on you. 🙂
May 18, 2012 at 11:04 am
I was totally going to say that this vodka reminded me of the bars of sesame candy you find at food co-ops…and then I scrolled down and saw your actual sesame candy! Ha! 🙂
May 18, 2012 at 8:26 pm
i grew up going to a food co-op called “milk and honey” (way before they were popular) so no wonder I wanted those candies.
May 19, 2012 at 8:28 am
I think I would spike my green tea. I was lucky enough to try this and it was one of my faves.
May 19, 2012 at 8:48 am
Hi Poppy- great idea! I think the flavor would go well with green tea… Maybe even an iced green tea for a refreshing summer drink?
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September 2, 2013 at 9:49 am
Alicia! I was looking for something like this to make a cocktail for the Jewish High Holy Days. This recipe is perfect, thank you. Allow me to share with you and your readers my recipe for Dvorah’s Land of Milk and Honey Martini.
1.5 oz Sesame-Honey Vodka (Try Bee Vodka, which is distilled from honey)
3/4 oz blue curacio
1 tablespoon heavy cream
Combine all in a cocktail shaker with ice; shake and strain. Top with a curl of orange peel. You can also add a blue cherry if you can find them. Roland foods makes them under the name “wild berry” flavored cherries.
If you’d like more sweetness to the drink, add simple syrup to taste, making the syrup with honey instead of sugar.
September 25, 2013 at 7:14 pm
Thanks for the great recipe! Sounds delicious…
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March 6, 2017 at 9:03 am
we gave this out in jars as Christmas gifts this past year. We had a couple left over and have been making this cocktail:
2oz honey-sesame infusion
2t lemon juice
4 oz ginger ale.
Pour infusion and lemon juice over cubed ice. Stir to chill & incorporate. top with ginger ale. This is also good by the pitcher/punch bowl
November 23, 2017 at 9:28 am
Sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe suggestion. Cheers~