DIY SPIRIT INFUSION
To welcome Riverwards Produce Market to Fishtown we've collaborated on a DIY spirit infusion for you to try at home. Riverwards is a neighborhood market bringing natural and nutritious food to Philadelphia. We suggest picking up your ingredients at their newly opened Fishtown location.
Infusing spirits with flavor is a great way to experiment with your own personal tastes, create new cocktails and make your drinking experience just a little more interesting. If you love to create and have that DIY personality, infusions are the perfect way to bring that into your drinks.
The basic concept of an infusion is to add a single or combination of flavors to a base liquor. It is very easy to do, requiring a little patience and imagination at times, and after a few successful experiments it can become, well — obsessive.
Soon you may be thinking, "What can I do next?" or "What if I...?" Infusions are fun and limitless.
Vodka is the most common base spirit used and the other light spirits (gin, sake, light rum, and tequila) can be used as well. Infusing darker spirits is a little touchier but it will work if you choose the right complementary flavor to the liquor like apricot or cherry in brandy or a coffee whiskey.
What You Need
- Herbs, spices or fruits for flavor
- Vodka or another spirit
- Mason jars, infusion jars or any airtight jar
- Coffee filter, cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer
1) Choose a clean airtight jar. Quart mason jars work well. Also, you may want to divide your liquor into smaller jars and experiment with a few infusions at one time. (Place masking tape on the jar to make notes about ingredients, dates, and other customizations so you know what works and what doesn't.
2) Wash the ingredients, place them inside the jar and fill it with vodka.
3) Shake a few times and cover tightly with a lid.
*The two infusions we created used vodka: Lemon peel-Cucumber-Mint & Strawberry-Basil. Have fun and experiment with your favorite flavors!