Incorporating new flavors into classic cocktails is one of the best ways to put a spin on standard drinks, and you might even find a new favorite sip. You can infuse herbs, fruits, and even teas into different spirits, elevating their flavors.
Infusions create nuance, balance, and sophistication, and although some are time-intensive, many aspects are hands-off. It’s also easier than you might think to make a splendid infusion.
Although you’ll need a full hour to properly infuse the gin with Earl Grey tea, all of that time, save a scant few minutes, is hands-off. The cocktail is simple; dry gin, Earl Grey tea, and a little citrus and simple syrup to brighten things up. Stir in an egg white for a creamy consistency.
This berry-heavy vodka drink is the perfect summertime sip. Lush, flavorful blueberries and blackberries mix with the vodka of your choice for a tart but balanced cocktail that’s anything but pedestrian. You can make it to order or in batches, but be sure to add a few extra blueberries to each cocktail glass before serving.
Cucumber and gin are a match made in taste heaven, and it’s an elegant and elevated way to serve this classic spirit. Spiraling a thin slice of cucumber around a highball glass takes the presentation to the next level, and the grapefruit adds just the right amount of citrus punch.
If you want a break from standard mojitos, try this bright berry version on for size. Although you can use any type of rum, white rum is the best. Blackberries mingle perfectly with fresh mint, and the whole drink is a lovely purple hue that tastes like summer in each sip.
This drink has hints of the classic vintage gimlet and is super simple to make once you’ve spent the time to infuse the vodka. The key is using super premium ingredients, fresh lemongrass, and plenty of lime. Once you have those down, it comes together beautifully in a matter of minutes.
A riff on a Bloody Mary, this tomato-heavy cocktail is fresh and flavorful, elevated with a bit of hot sauce for tang and body. Infuse your favorite premium vodka with cherry tomatoes and bay leaves, then pour into a glass with basil and muddled tomatoes. The longer you let the vodka mixture marinate, the better.
The ideal fall drink, this tonic calls for pear and apple vodka and tonic water, and a bit of simple syrup. Infuse your vodka with apple, pear, and cinnamon, and let it sit for at least an hour before pouring it into the drink. Make each cocktail individually so the tonic is fresh and the whole thing is bright and bubbly.
These infused cocktails are bound to add a brilliant dose to cheer to any occasion. Although they taste like you’ve put tons of effort into them, each only takes minutes to prepare once you have the infusion down.
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I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.
In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.