August 16, 2021
Making your own infused liquor is a fun way to add a twist to your homemade cocktails. Try these easy DIY tequila and vodka infusions to take your cocktails up a notch.
If you’re looking to add extra flavor to your cocktails without adding calories, infusing your liquor is one of the best ways to do that. I like infusing my tequila and vodka because I can really change the flavor of my cocktails without adding any extra ingredients.
You don’t have to be skilled or have any fancy equipment to create flavor-infused liquor. You probably have everything you need right at home already!
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What do I Need to Make Infused Liquor
To make infused liquors, you can use any type of jar that is clean and has a lid. When I infused this batch of vodka and tequila, I just used pint sized mason jars because I had them on hand. They are the perfect size to get between four and five drinks out of the infused liquor.
Fruits or Veggies to add to Liquor
When it comes to what fruits and veggies can be infused into liquor, the options are pretty limitless. If you are new to alcohol infusions, that’s okay! There isn’t a huge amount of skill needed to infuse liquor.
For this batch, I kept it pretty simple; I used jalapenos and limes. Both flavors are go well in many cocktails including a couple of my favorites: this margarita recipe, or this bloody mary recipe or this berry kombucha moscow mule.
What type of Liquor do I use?
The choices are endless for the type of liquor you can use when you are infusing flavors into liquor. I chose two blank canvases for this batch of infusions. I chose to use vodka and tequila–neither have a very strong overwhelming taste and can easily take on the flavors from the fruits and vegetables they are infused with.
These are typically the only two liquors I infuse with, but truly the options are endless! Rum and whiskey are also great for infusing, but would be better with other flavors like rum with tropical fruit like pineapple and mango, and flavors like cinnamon cranberry would be great in whiskey.
What are some other infusions you’ve tried or would like to try?
Jalapeño Infused Vodka
2 Jalapeños, sliced
1 Pint vodka
Add sliced jalapenos to mason jar, top with vodka. Seal jar with sealable lid and metal ring. Allow to infuse for at least three days. When ready to use, strain jalapenos and seeds through a fine mesh strainer and return vodka to a clean jar and seal with lid.
Jalapeño Infused Tequila
2 Jalapeños, sliced
1 Pint tequila
Add sliced jalapenos to mason jar, top with tequila. Seal jar with sealable lid and metal ring. Allow to infuse for at least three days. When ready to use, strain jalapenos and seeds through a fine mesh strainer and return tequila to a clean jar and seal with lid.
Lime Infused Vodka
2 limes, sliced
1 Pint vodka
Add sliced limes to mason jar, top with vodka. Seal jar with sealable lid and metal ring. Allow to infuse for at least three days. When ready to use, strain limes and seeds through a fine mesh strainer and return vodka to a clean jar and seal with lid.
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