Going to a fun summer party or cookout? Bring some infused booze!
When we were invited to a family barbeque, I knew the best thing to bring would be a fun and easy infusion. I had a few weeks, so I knew there would be time to allow the flavors to infuse well. What did we make? Well, because we had blueberries and oranges in the house, I decided to be lazy and just go with whatever was handy. But really, you can come up with any combination you want. While we already had an infusion recipe for Blueberry Gin, we wanted to test out a little easier version. I think you will find this one to be really simple! (No cooking of the berries like the previous version.)
For a summer barbeque, we also wanted to be able to make easy, refreshing cocktails, so we chose an infusion that could easily be made into a simple highball.
3 c. Frozen Blueberries (smashed)*
Zest of 1 Orange
750 mL Clear Liquor – 80 proof (we used Gin, but you could use vodka, rum, cachaça)
1/3 c. sugar
Combine all ingredients into a large glass jar or vessel. Shake well to combine. Infuse for 2-3 weeks or longer, depending on when your party is. Strain and filter, and return to the bottle (or something larger). Now you are ready to party!
*Note: we used frozen berries, as I did in our previous Blueberry Gin, but you could try fresh as well.
For the party, we thought it would be easiest to make Gin & Tonics. And who wouldn’t love a Blueberry-Orange G&T? All you need are a few bottles of tonic, a few lemons (we thought the lemon would go better with the blueberry-orange flavor than lime) and your home-infused booze!
Blueberry-Orange Gin & Tonic
2 oz. Blueberry-Orange Liqueur
4 oz. Tonic
Fill glass with ice. Add the blueberry-orange liqueur and tonic. Stir well, squeeze the lemon wedge and add to the glass. Alternatively, you could mix up a big batch in a pitcher and let everyone help themselves. (This did not last long at our gathering, so you could make a double or triple batch.)
Now go enjoy your party!
What kind of fun infusions will you bring to summer barbeques and cookouts this year? (Yes, sangria counts…)