Make Mine a Double

Friends of Mr. A. and I have started brewing their own ale and have been making a new batch every two months or so through the Winter. I’ve been so jealous at their new found expertise that I decided to try my hand at something similar. I don’t have any of the kit needed for beer (nor do I want more ‘stuff’ crammed into the flat) so beer was out. However, after being inspired by Demijohn in Edinburgh, and in the hopes of capturing that summer feeling, it was agreed that flavoured vodka was the way. I found a recipe for cherry vodka in June’s Olive magazine and adapted it slightly, and Mr. A’s vodka was going to be a variation on the recipe using lemon.

First, the cherry vodka:

  1. Slit 200g of Cherries and place them in a pot
  2. Add 100g of Caster Sugar and 75ml of Water and bring to the boil
  3. Stirring occasionally, simmer the cherries with the lid on for about 15 minutes
  4. Strain the mixture. I used coffee filters, muslin cloth could also be used
  5. Add 400ml of Vodka to the cherry juice and decant into a bottle
  6. Leave for a month to infuse and then enjoy! Keep in the freezer to get the best taste, and drink straight as an after dinner drink or with tonic for a fizzy summer treat.

Mr. A. followed the same recipe but replaced the cherries with lemon. Beware though, the lemon was much more difficult to strain and I think came out far more cloudy that the cherry. I guess the real test will be in a months time when they are ready to drink (although I think I know mine is going to be the better :P). Thats just in time for my birthday! Add good weather and a BBQ and it will be good times.

This is such a simple recipe and it doesn’t take much time at all, the only problem is restraining yourself for 1 month while you wait for it to be drinkable. I’m already planning to try it with other flavours; rhubarb, lime, basil, vanilla…. Long may Summer last.


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  1. 1 Happy Hour at Our House « Trackback on July 28, 2010 at 7:20 am

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