Boozed + Infused

Infusing liqueurs at home with inspiring and seasonal ingredients


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El Pepino Cocktail

You’re going to think I’m some kind of freak of nature when I tell you this… but I don’t like Margaritas. I’m kind of scared to admit that to people, especially as I’m writing this blog about boozing and infusing. It is almost Cinco de Mayo! What a perfect time for Margaritas, and infused tequila. But not for me. I usually go for a Mexican beer with lime. Which is delicious in its own right. But… this year will be different.

A few weeks ago, I made the Lime-Chipotle Finishing Salt from The Cozy Herbivore. It is delicious on popcorn, and sprinkled into a variety of dishes. Among the list of recommended uses is a Margarita Rim. I’m always jealous of those who drink Margaritas. They always look so tasty.

So, I decided I would enjoy this salt on the rim of a different drink. We happened to have some Cucumber Vodka left, so it seemed only logical to pair it with this salt.

El Pepino

2 oz Cucumber Vodka

1 oz Gin

1 TB Dry Vermouth

1 TB Fresh squeezed lime juice

Lime-Chipotle Finishing Salt

Run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass, and then dip in the Lime Chipotle Salt. Stir the remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, strain and enjoy.

The salt and chipotle finish off the flavor so well, without being over-powering. I can see why others have said that this had really stepped up their margarita consumption. It is not too late to infuse some cucumbers before Cinco de Mayo… if you’re so inclined. This would be a great addition to your festivities!

Salud!

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Cucumber Basil Martini

Cucumber Basil Martini (makes 2)

5 oz. Cucumber Infused Vodka

3-4 basil leaves

lime wedge

cucumber, coarse salt, pepper, lime zest for garnish

Muddle the basil with ice in your cocktail shaker. Add the cucumber vodka, a squeeze of lime, and shake it up. Run the edge of the lime wedge around the rim of the cocktail glasses, and dip into a salt/pepper mixture. Pour liquid into glasses, and garnish with a cucumber slice and lime zest if desired.

This cocktail was tasty and refreshing. I have a bit of a “salt-tooth” and loved the salt and pepper on the rim. That could easily be omitted if you don’t love salt as much as I do.

Cheers!


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Cucumber Vodka

This is a very simple infusion. Peel and slice a cucumber, add vodka to cover. Let infuse for a week, remove the cucumber slices, and enjoy! I let this infuse for about 2 weeks, but I don’t think the extra week did too much for the flavor.

The end result is refreshing and clean. It will be perfect for cocktails!

Cucumber also makes a great addition to lots of other liquors. Try it in gin or rum…

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Cucumber Basil Martini

El Pepino Cocktail