• Citrus Flavored Vodkas

    by  • April 7, 2011 • Recipes

    I love the idea of flavored vodkas, but don’t really love a lot of the ones I’ve tried. The flavor often is either overwhelming or artificial tasting. It is so fun to have infused vodkas or other liquors to make cocktails with. Especially homemade ones! It makes a HUGE difference, and really is very easy to do. We are at the very end of citrus season (boo hoo!) and so I’ve made a batch of Meyer lemon vodka and tangerine vodka.

    Recipe: Meyer Lemon Vodka

    Ingredients

    • 10-12 Meyer lemons, washed carefully
    • 2 – 750ml bottles good vodka

    Instructions

    1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove all of the peel from the lemons. Be careful not to take the white pith along with the peel as it is bitter tasting.
    2. Combine the vodka and lemon peel in a large glass container. Cover and let rest for at least 2 weeks and up to a few months.
    3. Strain out the peels and pour the vodka into bottles for storage. It’s ready to use in cocktails or any other way you’d enjoy it!

    Quick notes

    After removing the peels from the lemons, the lemons can be cut in half and juiced. You can use the juice right away to make lemonade or whatever else you’d like. If not using it right away, you can freeze the juice in zipper lock storage bags and have on hand when you need it. It’s good to make an effort not to get too much of the white pith along with the peel. The pith adds an unpleasant bitter flavor. Prepare yourself for the following, very complicated instructions: place the peels and the vodka in a large glass container. Cover, and store in an out of the way place. Easy, huh?!

    Here’s the tangerine version:

    Recipe: Tangerine Vodka

    Ingredients

    • 12-14 tangerines, washed carefully
    • 2 – 750ml bottles good vodka

    Instructions

    1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove all of the peel from the tangerines. Be careful not to take the white pith along with the peel. While it’s not as bitter as lemon pith, it is still a little bit bitter.
    2. Combine the vodka and tangerine peel in a large glass container. Cover and let rest for at least 2 weeks and up to several months.
    3. Strain out the peels and pour the vodka into bottles for storage. It’s now ready to drink as is or in your favorite cocktail.

    Quick notes

    After removing the peels from the tangerines, you can cut them in half and juice them. I store it in a bottle or pitcher in the refrigerator. It never lasts long!

    Either way, you’ve got plenty of lemons or tangerines to juice. Unless I’m making some yummy cake or lemonade or whatever with the lemon juice, I’ll freeze it in zipper lock bags. All three of these bags have lemon juice in them. The bag on top has Meyer lemon juice in it, and the others have Eureka lemon juice in them. There’s a huge difference in flavor too if you haven’t already tried them both. I adore Meyer lemons and have them on hand at all times when they’re available!


    I highly recommend using these:

    To make this:
    Tangerine juice is my favorite!

    There are all kinds of things you can use to infuse your favorite spirits. Vanilla beans, peppercorns, fruits, berries, herbs etc. Try out your favs and let me know what you loved!

    About

    I have loved to eat and play in the kitchen since as far back as I can remember. I have definitely evolved from trying and testing more complicated recipes to keeping things simple. That’s a big theme these days, and for good reason. Our lives are busy and when it comes down to it, complicated food seems to create more stress than it’s worth. On an everyday basis, I need to be able to make and eat simple, good food. Happy cooking!