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Homemade Infusions Parts 1 and 2

April 24, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ve been tossing around the idea of infusing my own spirits for quite a while now, but it wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago that I really put forth the effort to create a flavored spirit by aging spices/herbs with a liquor of choice. If I had known how easy and effortless it really was to create a flavorful and colorful spirit of my own, I would have done it much sooner.

I think all of this started because of my love for the wonderful, fragrant leaves of the herb known as cilantro. I had previously created a cocktail known as the cilantro margarita, which was a traditional margarita with fresh cilantro added to the mix which was then filtered out (the best I could with a shaker) before serving. The cocktail was not for the timid; the cilantro flavor was so powerful that it took complete control of the mixture. Still, my obsession with cilantro forced me to continue to go back to this Frankenstein concoction. When I finally decided to infuse my very first spirit the choice of what I would infuse seemed obvious. No longer would I have to try and filter out cilantro with my plastic cocktail shaker if I created a cilantro tequila. Thus my homemade infusion adventures began.
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