Happy 2014! My New Year’s Resolution is to infuse more booze! I mean it. I didn’t post very many new recipes last year, and I promise you that this year will be different.
Our first infusion for this year is Winter Spice Bourbon. Let’s get right to it.
Winter Spice Bourbon
1 medium cinnamon stick (about 4 grams)
3 whole cloves
10 whole allspice berries
zest of 1 orange (I peeled it into large strips, but you could use a microplane)
20 grams (about 4 halves) dried plums or other dried fruit (you could use raisins or currants)
2 cups (480 mL) Bourbon or whiskey of your choice
Combine all ingredients in a large jar or bottle, close tight. Shake well and let it sit for a few days to a few weeks. I filtered mine at 12 days, and the flavor it strong. I think you could certainly filter sooner if it tastes to your liking. Let the infusion rest for a week or so after filtering, the flavor will mellow.
This infusion will be great in lots of cocktails. Try it in a winter hot toddy, a manhattan, old fashioned, or just sip it on its own.
I have more infusions in the works… so stay tuned!
What are you drinking and infusing this winter?
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January 18, 2014 at 11:07 am
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January 18, 2014 at 11:16 am
infusing bourbon will always make me happy! I’ve been using booze to infuse other foods, lately. My big kick now is making booze-infused marshmallows 🙂 Love how it works both ways. Still haven’t made your peppermint bark liqueur, but it’s for sure on my list. And I made this recipe, which is excellent poured with cherry bourbon–a “recipe” I learned from a fellow blogger. http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/12/diy-ginger-liqueur-make-your-own-canton.html So much fun to be had 😀
January 18, 2014 at 11:38 am
Hi Liz, it is hard to go wrong with infused bourbon, isn’t it! I have had my eye on that ginger liqueur recipe in the past, I should give it a try. It sounds fantastic!
Oh, and the booze-infused marshmallows sound really fun. What are you using them in?
January 19, 2014 at 6:46 pm
Here is the latest on the marshmallows: http://wp.me/p2dvv9-1iG Also just finished a batch of buttered popcorn, using buttered popcorn vodka.
Highly recommend the DIY ginger liqueur. Goes very nicely with bourbon and lemon juice 🙂
January 19, 2014 at 9:44 pm
Wow! That’s awesome! So many possibilities…
January 19, 2014 at 1:34 am
I made something similar for a Christmas hamper. I did 2 cups of bourbon, 1 cinnamon stick, 1/2 a vanilla pod and the peel of 1 orange. Smelt like just like Christmas!
January 19, 2014 at 9:36 pm
Mandi, thanks for the comment. the addition of vanilla sounds great! Cheers~
January 19, 2014 at 7:08 pm
Yay, more infused booze! Glad to see you back! I may have to actually go find some allspice berries one of these days so I can try this out. 🙂 I personally have been drinking ALL THE TEA after the crazy holiday season. TEA!
January 19, 2014 at 9:47 pm
Hi Eileen, it’s good to be back! I behaved myself this holiday season, so I’m not holding back now!
January 20, 2014 at 8:28 pm
I’m looking forward to your great recipes. I hope you have fun making them. I’m going to mix up some pimento dram and a date infusion soon. By the way, date goes really well with bourbon. Enjoy.
January 22, 2014 at 9:40 pm
Hi Jack, I haven’t infused dates, but have been meaning to… Thanks for the inspiration! I will definitely add that to my list now. Cheers~
January 22, 2014 at 7:39 am
Well I guess I’ll be looking forward for more of your booze infusions in the future.
This one looks easy perhaps, I’ve to try making it.
January 22, 2014 at 9:41 pm
Thanks – hope you enjoy it! Cheers~
January 26, 2014 at 5:35 pm
Can you see how far behind I am on my reading??? 10 days!! But this was worth the wait – yum yum! I like your resolution as well!
January 29, 2014 at 8:17 pm
Thanks Kelli!! Don’t feel bad for being behind in the reading. I just found out that somehow I was no longer following your blog… How did that happen? I’ve fixed it now… So sorry!!
January 30, 2014 at 10:28 am
Probably from when I went self-hosted! I made the change in December so that’s probably it.
February 4, 2014 at 12:59 am
I really like the sound of this one – and plan to try it as soon as I have finished a batch of bitters I’m making.
February 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Hi Jonathan, thanks for your message! I’m curious to know what is the flavor of your latest batch of bitters???
February 15, 2014 at 3:57 am
As it is my first batch, I am trying the ‘stock’ recipe from Brad Parsons’ book, Bitters, which has sour cherries and orange peel, and then a whole mix of spices and bittering agents. I have just finished the extraction process, and the kitchen smells fantastic. I just have to let it stand for three days…
March 10, 2014 at 8:43 pm
That sounds amazing, how did it turn out?
March 22, 2014 at 10:49 am
Very well! The bitters are really light and aromatic, with a definite hit of sour cherries. I was worried the Cretan tsikoudia would not be strong enough to extract the flavours, but it worked out just fine. Now I use 3-4 drops in a Manhattan or Old Fashioned, and they add a really subtle depth of flavour. Very happy, and I am just trying to work out what flavour to make the next batch…
February 4, 2014 at 12:03 pm
This looks great Alicia! Just made the infusion yesterday and CANNOT WAIT to make an old fashion with the results!
February 11, 2014 at 8:04 pm
Hi Kenley, Thanks! I hope you enjoy it. I think this infusion is BEGGING you to make an old fashioned! Ooh, now I want to make some boozy cherries… I’m all out and we are half a year away from cherry season! Hope you are doing well, cheers~
February 12, 2014 at 7:51 am
Boozy Cherries sound great! Our winter spice bourbon infusion will be ready on Friday — just in time for some Valentine cocktail making! 🙂
Also… just to catch you up on things, please take a look at this announcement that I made this last Friday.
August 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm
I just got done making a spiced peach liqueur using the peaches from my tree, cinnamon sticks, lemon peel and cloves, sugar, and all soaking in aHuge Bottle of Canadian Whiskey we had on the counter here!.. cannot wait to try it. Thanks for the ideas!
September 16, 2014 at 9:26 pm
Wow, your infusion sounds fantastic! Have you tried it yet?
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