Test Kitchen: Lavender-Rosemary Vodka

Lavender infused vodka recipe

As summer comes to an end, we can’t help but think of crisp, refreshing drinks to keep our spirit going.Here’s a great recipe to give your bar a splash of excitement: Lavender Rosemary Vodka.

 

While infusing liqueur isn’t a new idea, the blend of lavender and rosemary aromatics is certain to surprise you. Savory rosemary pairs excellently with the delicate floral notes of Lavender. Mix with fresh lime juice, agave syrup, and some club soda for the best gimlet.

You’ll need:

  •  750 mL of decent-quality vodka. Since the aromatics will become the prominent flavor, save the fancy stuff to drink straight (we used Starlite Vodka).
  •  1 Tablespoon of culinary-grade dry lavender
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of dry rosemary (or 1 teaspoon of fresh rosemary)
  • Strainer
  • Pitcher

 

1. To start, measure the Lavender and Rosemary on a separate container. We chose to use fresh Rosemary from our garden, but dry rosemary will work just fine (dry herbs are stronger, so use a quarter teaspoon instead of a half). Using a sifter or strainer, give the herbs a couple shakes to remove any small particles.

Lavender and Rosemary

2. Using a funnel (we made one out of paper), pour the herbs straight into the vodka bottle. You will strain these out later, but we find that the vodka bottle works well for infusing – no need for mason jars!

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3. Close the bottle, and give it a good shake. Now comes the hard part! Let the vodka and herbs age for three full days, preferably on a sunny window. The subtle heat from sunlight will help assure the herbs release their aromatics. Give the bottle a shake a couple times each day. You may taste the vodka at any time in the process and end the infusion at your taste, however we found that three days gave us a nice balance of flavors without being too overpowering.

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4. After three days, the color of the vodka should be amber and resemble a fine whiskey.  Strain the vodka directly into a clean pitcher and discard the herbs. Pour back into the original vodka bottle, and you’re set!

Lavender vodka recipe

We recommend pairing with fresh lime juice, agave syrup, and some club soda. You can also use it in a any cocktail recipe calling for gin. Enjoy!

 

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