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Infused Vodka and Other Organic Spirits

by Deliciously Organic on June 8, 2012

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Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, boysenberries, cherries – little morsels filled with fresh and distinctive flavors. One of my favorite ways to preserve the flavors of summer is by infusing spirits. Throw some berries in a jar, pour some vodka, rum, or gin overtop, let it sit for at least 3 days and you’re done – flavored spirits for the entire year!

You’ll find dozens of organic spirits on the market today, making it easier to stay away from GMO corn and other genetically engineered ingredients. A few of my favorites are Ocean Vodka – made from organic sugar cane, Papagayo silver rum – made from organic sugar cane, Christiana Vodka – made from organic potatoes, 4 Copas tequila – made from organic agave, and Peak Spirits – who produce organic gin and brandy (their peach brandy doesn’t even contain extra sugars!).

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I generally use about 1 cup of fruit to 2 cups of spirits. You can increase this ratio if you like a stronger flavor. After the spirits have been infused, the fruit is nice to eat with a bit of whipped cream or coconut cream.

Here are a few of my favorite combinations:
Cherries and rum
Blueberries and Gin
Strawberries and Vodka
Blackberries and tequila

 

Infused Vodka and Other Organic Spirits

Serving Size: Makes about 3 cups

Infused Vodka and Other Organic Spirits

Ingredients

  • 1 cup berries

  • 2 cups spirit of your choice

Instructions

Place berries in a jar and cover with spirits. Cover and let sit at room temperature for at least 3 days and up to a week. Remove fruit. Serve.

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Andra June 8, 2012 at 12:36 pm

“for the entire year!” That made me giggle as much as when I see ideas for “leftover wine.” Lovely idea. I’ve done it with orange peels and lemon peels sweetened for homemade limoncello. The berries are so pretty! I wonder if fresh figs would work, a vendor at the farmers market always had the sweetest figs in summer.

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Deliciously Organic June 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Haha…I guess it depends on how much of it you drink. :) I love the idea of figs! I must give that a try!

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Robin June 8, 2012 at 12:58 pm

These look so delicious! I am so going to make these and also transition my spirits to organic- it never occurred to me that they might contain GMOs!

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Diane {Created by Diane} June 8, 2012 at 6:52 pm

what a great way to preserve fresh berries. I’m so thirsty now!

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Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] June 8, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I love this! Perfect for upcoming summer BBQs and even movie nights with the girls. Thanks, Carrie.

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the urban baker June 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm

so vibrant, Carrie. Love this idea!

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jean June 10, 2012 at 6:16 am

How easy! I will be doing this. Thanks, Carrie!

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Cookin' Canuck June 10, 2012 at 7:10 am

This is so much fun! The blueberry and gin combination is calling to me.

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Kristina Vanni June 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Love this! I was just thinking about making some infused Aquavit to celebrate Midsummer. These are great ideas for flavor combinations :)

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Esi June 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I’ve had strawberry infused vodka. It makes for a great cocktail and it’s also a great gift!

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Jen June 10, 2012 at 7:53 pm

I’m thinking bourbon and cherries will do the trick. Great idea!

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katie June 11, 2012 at 5:17 am

Yum! I’m all for infusing vodka!

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Rachel June 11, 2012 at 6:08 am

Raspberries and vodka is one of my favorites! I’m excited to try the blackberries and tequila next!

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aida mollenkamp June 11, 2012 at 8:45 am

I agree Carrie, this is one of the easiest and most fun ways to celebrate the season’t best produce!

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Heather Christo June 12, 2012 at 8:44 am

I love this Carrie- I have done big batches before summer parties before and it was always Raved over! So cute in the mason jars!

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Igozen June 21, 2012 at 7:53 am

Yum! What a great idea! This would be great for summer entertaining! Cocktails or Martinis anyone? Much better than the chemical ridden mixers that are usually used for drinks.

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Julia June 21, 2012 at 11:53 am

So so simple! Faaaantastic, I can’t wait to make berry infused vodka!

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Sarah June 23, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Carrie, would peaches work also?

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Deliciously Organic June 27, 2012 at 5:39 am

Peaches are a great idea!

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Thoha June 27, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Have you tried making insfued simple syrups? They’re yummy and easy and work really, really well with any leftover herb. My two favorites are a gin gimlet made with basil syrup, and then a salty dog made with rosemary.

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