SUMMER COCKTAIL | Chili-Infused Vodka
By The Girls on Bloor on August 21, 2014
This week’s summer cocktail is a chili-infused vodka cocktail with lots of kick! We love the unique flavour of an infused spirit, and it has become really trendy lately, with many bars & restaurants in the city getting in on the action. We were inspired by Indian restaurant Sher E Punjab on the Danforth, that served us an amazing cucumber-chili infused vodka cocktail a couple of months ago.
Our recipe incorporates the intensity of an infused chili-infused vodka with a smooth blend of citrus fruit and soda. Keep reading for the recipe to this amazing firecracker of a cocktail!
First things first, start infusing your vodka. All you have to do is chop up a couple serrano chili peppers and drop them into a container with your desired amount of alcohol. Ideally, your liquor should marinate for at least 4 hours if not more. We poured ours into an Ikea bottle and shook it around every couple of hours.
Once you are ready to prepare your drink and your vodka is infused, cut up a variety of citrus fruits. We used grapefruit, lime and lemon because it was all we had on hand, but you could also use regular or blood oranges for a different flavour. Pour a shot of vodka over a handful of ice cubes in your glass, and squeeze your fresh fruit juices in.
Next, make a simple syrup to balance the tartness of the fruit. This can be done by mixing equal parts granulated sugar and hot water to dissolve the sugar. In other words, you can mix 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup water and reuse the mixture over and over for other cocktails.
Mix in 1-2 tsp of your simple syrup depending on how sweet you like your drink. Fill the rest of your glass with soda or carbonated water, and add in slices of fruit or garnishes to the top of your glass as you see fit.
Now get yourself to a patio! Before you know it summer will be over and you’ll be craving some relaxation, even if it has been a mild summer.
Will you try infusing your spirits? Let us know in the comments!
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