How to Infuse Vodka

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How to Infuse Vodka

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Things To Grab

  • Desired ingredients for infusion; such as: raspberries and mint
  • Row Vodka
  • 1/2 gallon glass canning jar
  • Wooden spoon
  • Serving container, optional
  • Fine-mesh sieve, optional

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    If you're craving a particular cocktail, but don't want to spend a lot of money buying specialty liqueur, make it yourself! Infusing involves steeping one or more ingredients in a distilled spirit to extract flavor. With its neutral taste, vodka is well suited to take on the flavors of various ingredients. While it's a simple process, infusing does take time (about 3 to 7 days). However, hot peppers start infusing in as little as 10 to 20 minutes and the vodka can be ready in a day or two. Meanwhile, pineapple can take up to two weeks to infuse. Infusing for too long may result in an overly strong, bitter, or sweet drink, so make sure to follow our instructions and timing below!

    We infused vodka with some of our favorite ingredients like marshmallows and vanilla beans, hibiscus tea and mandarin oranges, and even raspberries and mint. But, the flavor possibilities are endless. Pickup a bottle of Row Vodka from your local Hy-Vee and get infusing! It's really that simple. Tag us on social media and let us know what you made! 

    Pro tip: Use these infusions to create signature drinks!
    Raspberry-Mint Infused Vodka makes a great Raspberry-Mint Moscow Mule.
    Toasted Marshmallow Infused Vodka makes a delicious Chocolate S'mores Martini.
    Hibiscus-and-Mandarin Infused Vodka makes a refreshing Mandarin Hibiscus Sunrise Cocktail.

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    1. If using fruit, rinse and pat dry before adding to a clean 1/2-callong canning jar.

    2. Pour 1 (750-ml.) bottle vodka into jar. Cover and store at room temperature for 3 to 7 days.

    3. Stir or lightly shake jar daily to release flavor. Infusion is ready when vodka deepens in color and flavor is to your liking.

    4. Pour infusion into a serving container, if desired, and serve immediately. If storing, strain though a fine-mesh sieve and refrigerate for up to 1 month.

    5. Tip: Use this Raspberry-Mint Infused Vodka to make a fizzy and refreshing Raspberry-Mint Moscow Mule.