There’s a great article in the December/January issue of Rachael Ray – and online! – about how to infuse your own vodka , then turn your homemade concoction into a fun gift by attaching a cute cocktail recipe that features the flavor of vodka you made to the gift bottle, as pictured above . This is an especially cute idea for a Host/Hostess gift – and a great alternative to the standard bottle of wine if you really want to get creative!
Infusing the vodka is quite simple actually… According to RR: "Just place 1 liter of vodka and your infusion ingredients in a large bottle and seal shut; let rest in a cool, dark place for 2 to 5 days, depending on your desired strength." Here are the ingredients you’ll need for the following vodka flavors:
1/2 cup crushed (not ground) coffee beans; shake every 2 days during infusion.
2 whole, split vanilla beans + 1 apple, peeled and sliced.
5 dried chiles, chopped
1 orange, sliced + 1/2 cup sliced fresh ginger