How do you capture the ripe flavors of seasonal ingredients and savor them throughout the year? Some people preserve through canning summer’s bounty. Others freeze their produce and wares. Sisters Eileen and Alicia prefer to infuse the flavors into boozy concoctions and sip their way to bliss.
We hope you will join us in our trials and tribulations infusing local and seasonal ingredients into liqueurs and cordials.
Alicia (left) lives in Portland, Oregon. Eileen (right) is based in Venice, California.
Contact us at: email@example.com
You can also check out Eileen’s personal blog at: Here + Now + Sometimes Then
February 11, 2012 at 3:29 am
Really enjoying your blog! My boyfriend is constantly making syrups and concoctions for cocktails, you’ve given me some great ideas to tell him! He’s been making a prune infused liquor for a drink this week. I look forward to seeing what you do next. Feel free to follow my blog too (although i’m still in the early stages!) as I do reviews for food and drink in LA. I notice you live in Venice. if you ever find yourself in Santa Monica, head to Bar Chloe (on 2nd and broadway) on a Friday or Saturday night, ask for Greg and say you follow the ‘fussy ones’ blog and he’ll make you a great cocktail 🙂
February 11, 2012 at 8:37 am
Thanks! We are so glad you like the blog. We are still in the early stages as well, and finally set up the Facebook page. We will sometimes have preliminary info about what we are infusing before it makes it to the blog. And thanks for the tip about Bar Chloe!
March 7, 2012 at 6:45 am
Very cool! I’m excited to see what you post.
March 7, 2012 at 8:11 pm
Thanks… we’ll try not to let you down! (loved some of the photos on your blog – hilarious)
March 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm
Aw thanks! Just wait. Lots more in the pipeline.
March 28, 2012 at 10:09 pm
Very cool blog and the recipes look fabulous! Anything with ginger!
March 28, 2012 at 10:11 pm
thanks! There will be more with ginger eventually… I promise. There are just so many things to infuse!
March 29, 2012 at 7:34 am
Hi ladies! I found your blog on the punk domestics site and I can’t get enough. I live in Olympia (an hour south of Seattle) and have been making bitters and infusions for about a year now. I can’t wait to try the chocolate bourbon! In addition to working with tasty and often local fruits, veggies and herbs, I’ve found flowers to be at the top of my list. Some folks don’t care for floral flavors, but I LOVE em. I harvested wild violets last year and made a violet bitters. Rose cordial is fantastic. Less is more with lavender, but still tasty. And elderflower is a chart topper. Anyway, I’m excited to follow along with your boozy experiments and appreciate the inspiration! Cheers!
March 29, 2012 at 7:46 am
wow! Thanks, sounds like you could teach us a thing or two… Everything you listed sounds amazing!
April 12, 2012 at 5:35 am
thanks for your interest in my blog!
lots of great ideas here ~ i’ll have to try the black currant brandy recipe real soon
beautiful photos too
April 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm
hi again ~ i just nominated you for the versatile blogger award ~ love this site and am inspired by so many recipes here!
April 17, 2012 at 9:47 pm
Thanks! That is very appreciated! I will try to post the “requirements” soon…
April 19, 2012 at 10:22 pm
You guys are awesome! So, I just nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger award. 🙂
April 20, 2012 at 8:02 am
thanks Tanya! Wow, we are very flattered!
April 20, 2012 at 11:59 am
You’re very welcome! 🙂
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April 22, 2012 at 9:04 pm
Thanks!! We’re so glad you’re enjoying our site! Looks like you’ve got quite a line-up for the Best-Of and we’re honored to be included.
May 5, 2012 at 8:17 pm
awesome!!!! love the idea!!! 🙂
May 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm
May 9, 2012 at 10:17 am
I love your blog and nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award! 🙂
May 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm
May 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm
You’re welcome! 🙂
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August 9, 2012 at 7:59 am
Holy cow, you guys are awesome. I’m giddy just looking at each of your posts. The pictures are enough to both inspire and inebriate.
I gotta get in my kitchen tout de suite!
August 11, 2012 at 8:37 am
Thanks Shelley! I look forward to seeing what you end up infusing!
October 1, 2012 at 4:03 am
Hi Alicia, thank you for visiting my blog. Yours is great, really interesting, will have to try out some of these!
October 1, 2012 at 7:09 pm
Thanks so much! I’m glad I found your blog too!
October 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm
Thanks for stopping by my blog! You have created such an original blog concept here, I love it! Great ideas. And the photography is awesome too – I love things in jars. I’m definitely going to try out some of your recipes.
October 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm
Hi there, thanks for the compliments! I hope you do try a few of these infusions. Would love to hear what you make.
October 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm
Hi, just letting you know I’ve notimated you for the “kreativ blogger award”. Congrats & well deserved!
October 21, 2012 at 10:02 pm
Hi there, and thank you for the nomination! I’m so glad to have found your blog too, and yes, you are sparkly!
October 20, 2012 at 11:04 am
Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂 I have already fallen in love with some of your posts – I have sloe gin and raspberry vodka on the go at present and your blog has given me so many more ideas!
October 21, 2012 at 8:30 am
Thanks Rachel, you have some great photos on your blog!
October 22, 2012 at 5:48 pm
I’ve nominated you for the Super Sweet Award. You can find out more details and see my comment about your blog here: http://lifethroughthekitchenwindow.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/super-sweet-blog-award/ . I enjoy your blog and was happy to tell others about it!
October 23, 2012 at 6:41 pm
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I’m honored! I’ve enjoyed your blog too! (And I like that you occasionally enjoy your sweets in the liquid variety!)
December 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm
Hi Alicia & Eileen, I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
All the best,
December 5, 2012 at 8:30 pm
Thanks Anne! I love your “7 random things” — I identified most with number 6… I have witnessed squirrels in the act on my patio as well, and it is hard to erase that from memory!
December 6, 2012 at 12:00 am
Thanks Alicia! 🙂 Yeah –it definitely is hard to erase.
December 6, 2012 at 11:48 pm
Hey ladies! I stumbled on your blog via Anne @ unihomemaker… We’re two girls blogging as well, we’ll definitely have to try some of your boozies. Keep posting, cheers!
December 9, 2012 at 10:49 am
Hi Julie, thanks for finding us – and thanks to Anne at unihomemaker! I just checked out the Porto Bellas and love your simple recipes and bright photos! Cheers~
December 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm
Hi there, I’ve nominated you two and your amazing blog for the sunshine award. If you’re interested please do check out this post for the rules, etc. And have a happy new year! http://ineedafeed.wordpress.com/2012/12/31/im-walking-on-sunshine-311212/
January 3, 2013 at 6:25 pm
Thank you so much for the nomination! We are honored!
March 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm
Oh my gosh, your blog is amazing!!! I absolutely love making syrups and infused liquors… your ideas are inspiring, and there are lots of things I haven’t tried before! Thanks for sharing with the blogsphere! You have a new follower! x
May 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm
Hi Alicia & Eileen–Love your blog! I nominated you for a slew of awards including the Liebster Award, Versatile Blogger Award, Very Inspiring Blogger Award and Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award. Check out my post to claim them and pass the torch! http://bklynlocavore.com/2013/05/01/awards-from-the-people-that-count/
July 8, 2013 at 1:41 am
Your blog is fantastic! …as well as a lifesaver. I’m trying to infuse gin with lavender for my wedding and I fear it is going terribly wrong. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!
July 8, 2013 at 7:22 am
Hi Anna, there are a lot of things to consider here. You can feel free to send me an email if you need more room to explain: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of the questions I have: was the lavender dried? What variety? (need to make sure it can be used for culinary purposes) Did you add anything else (sweeteners or other ingredients)? How long has it infused? How much gin did you infuse, and how much lavender did you include? When do you need this to be finished?
August 26, 2013 at 8:10 pm
You guys have some great stuff up here, theres so many things I need to try. Quick question, how long are the finished products good for after they’ve been strained and filtered?
August 26, 2013 at 8:57 pm
Thanks Justin! With the exception of the Irish Cream, most of the rest of the infusions should be good for a long time. I have plenty that are over a year old. As long as you make the recipes as directed, the alcohol content will be high enough to maintain the quality for a year (or more).
October 2, 2013 at 10:28 am
I’m so excited to try everything on this blog! Quick question: What’s the best way to sanitize your jars? I know it’s critical in canning and pickling and such, but I’m wondering how you guys do it?
October 4, 2013 at 7:44 pm
Hi Janie, thanks for reading! I think the easiest way to sanitize jars is the sanitizing cycle on the dishwasher. The only downside is with my dishwasher, that cycle takes FOREVER! So if you don’t have the patience or a dishwasher, I recommend sanitizing them in a stockpot. Fill the stockpot halfway with water. Wash the jars in warm soapy water and place them in the stockpot. Bring to a boil with the lid on, and boil at a full rolling boil for 10 minutes. Remove from the water and place on a towel to dry/cool. Good luck!
November 2, 2013 at 7:44 pm
love your philosophy 🙂 I will be happy to join you here!
January 20, 2014 at 8:27 am
Love it! Sip their way to bliss, nice! Thanks for stopping by the blog and liking the post. Update, we’re really liking the “cough syrup” as a liqueur. Yummy! I’ll be back to your post for inspiration.
January 22, 2014 at 9:39 pm
Thanks Maxine! I haven’t tried making any liqueurs quite like your cough syrup. There is a local distillery that makes a Doug Fir eau de vie, which sound a kind of like your concoction. Glad to hear the flavor grew on you! Cheers~
January 20, 2014 at 11:37 am
Fantastic blog ladies! Just found your site as I was searching for a tamarind infusion (which I did last night using your recipe has a guide) to do. Some much great stuff here…cant wait to try out more of your concoctions! I have just gotten into the infusion making about two months ago and Im enjoying it so much! Looking forward to seeing what you got up your sleeves for this year! Keep the great infusions coming!
January 22, 2014 at 9:29 pm
Thank you Nathan! Glad that you found us! I have been thinking about doing another tamarind infusion… It has been a while, and I really love that recipe. Have fun infusing! Cheers~
September 9, 2015 at 5:59 pm
Wow what a unique blog! looking forward to recipes!
September 22, 2015 at 9:52 pm
Thanks! Hope you enjoy! Cheers~