I’m Infusing Away

Posted on Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Infusions -

Here’s what I’ve got steeping, soaking and brewing right now. Left to right: rhubarb bitters, goji berries in gin, and rum infused with rhubarb. They are works in progress, and not too photogenic at this stage. But I’m pretty sure my patience and optimism will be rewarded.

Rhubarb bitters – I used Maggie Savarino’s recipe from her book, The Seasonal Cocktail Companion. Brad Thomas Parsons included his adaption of this recipe in his Bitters book.

Gin infused goji berries – are an experiment. I recently attended an interesting seminar at Swanson’s Nursery in Seattle about unusual edibles. I was very tempted to buy a goji berry bush for our garden, but settled for the bulk dried goji berries at our never-stops-amazing-me local store, Central Market. Goji berries are filled with powerful antioxidants, and have an intriguing flavor. Maybe my gin will be healthier, and the gin soaked goji berries will add some snap as cocktail garnishes.

Rum infused with rhubarb – resulted from not wanting to discard the sweetened rhubarb I had left over from making rhubarb syrup last week. I sampled the rum after a week of infusing, and declare it a winner. I’ll give it another week to soak up even more rhubarb flavor.

I really enjoy the mad scientist element of creating infusions, and I certainly enjoy drinking the results of my experiments.

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5 Responses to
“I’m Infusing Away”

  • Cory says: July 3rd, 2012 at 3:42 am

    Hi Beth! I sort of met you at Jessica’s house on Saturday while I was picking strawberries. She mentioned your blog and I’m a fan! So I have a question for you – while making some cherry almond jam the other day, I read how to make cherry pit infused vodka, and decided to try it. Now I’m a little stumped as to what to do with the results – any ideas? Thanks!

  • Julie Sotomura says: July 3rd, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Looks wonderful. You are amazing!

  • Mama Knows Her Cocktails says: July 3rd, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Thanks for dropping by and leaving a nice comment. I’ve been having a bunch of fun creating in the kitchen.

  • Mama Knows Her Cocktails says: July 3rd, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Your cherry almond jam sounds absolutely divine. I’m especially intrigued with the cherry pit vodka. True maraschino liquer has an almond flavor along with a subtle cherry one. I’d suggest using your vodka in a cocktail that doesn’t mask it’s flavor with two many other strong ingredients like ginger beer. A martini style drink would work – your vodka with a hint of sweetener – maybe a very small amount of your cherry jam. Some lemon juice to balance the sweetness. If that was too strong, you could add a bit of club soda. Or another idea is adding a splash of your cherry almond vodka to a bubbly something like prosecco. If that combo needed a touch of sweetener, you could add a little simple syrup or a small amount of your cherry jam.

    What are you doing with Jessica’s strawberries? Ours are going to town now. Yesterday I made a very yummy strawberry vanilla bean jam.

    I’d be delighted if you would consider liking my facebook page for Mama Knows Her Cocktails. I share all sorts of recipes and cocktail cooking ideas there.

  • Cory says: July 10th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks Beth! Great ideas. I love ginger beer and haven’t had it in a while. Think I’ll start there.

    I got our freezer stocked up with freezer jam for the family with the strawberries. I can’t believe what a strawberry oasis you guys have over there!

    I am a facebook fan, too! Thanks for the inspiration!

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