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Re: Homemade Vodka Infusions

Post by Resident Asshole » Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:48 am

Well I don't know how the hell you guys afford to drink whiskey over there, I was in Europe for 2 weeks recently and the best deal I got was 5 pounds for a 35ml pour of Famous Grouse (this was a 2-for-1 deal), most places were more like 7 pounds for 25ml of Jameson, a total ripoff IMO.

At my bar you can get 1.5 oz. of Jameson for 5 American, which would be like paying 3.5 pounds for 45ml. How is Jameson more expensive in Europe than here?

Anyway, I did notice that Bulmer's, Strongbow and Kopparbergs were huge over there, so you are right about the cider thing. However, in a lot of places I went, especially "trendy" cities like Dublin, the people drank nasty shit like vodka-red bulls.

Also, I couldn't get a decent micro to save my life, although I like bold, strong beers so that I suppose was the issue because it wasn't that what I drank was bad, it just didn't have a lot of taste.

As for vodka infusions, I had a great one that was infused with whiskey. It's called Ten High.
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Re: Homemade Vodka Infusions

Post by bella » Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:21 am

I will stick to .. Voddie in a glass.. Neat..

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Re: Homemade Vodka Infusions

Post by Shmoo » Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:24 am

bella wrote:I will stick to .. Voddie in a glass.. Neat..
Glad to hear some things never change, except for no more purple cup.
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Re: Homemade Vodka Infusions

Post by bella » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:14 am

Shmoo wrote:
bella wrote:I will stick to .. Voddie in a glass.. Neat..
Glad to hear some things never change, except for no more purple cup.
How could i ever replace that cup... *tears*... Hows my Shmoo?
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Re: Homemade Vodka Infusions

Post by Shmoo » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:38 am

bella wrote:
Shmoo wrote:
bella wrote:I will stick to .. Voddie in a glass.. Neat..
Glad to hear some things never change, except for no more purple cup.
How could i ever replace that cup... *tears*... Hows my Shmoo?
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Re: Homemade Vodka Infusions

Post by Zippy » Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:35 pm

I used to soak dried red chilies in Stoli. I'd wait until they sunk to the bottom of the bottle. Then I'd give it a shake and throw it in the freezer for a month.


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Re: Homemade Vodka Infusions

Post by perfectly pickled » Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:55 pm

The past few years I've been making a cranberry infusion that's well liked by all who've tasted it.
version 1 was just a punnet of whole cranberries in a mason jar with a a litre of vodka for a month - ok but nothing remarkable.
version 2 I adapted from a recipe on the web that called for roughly equal amounts volume of chopped cranberries, vodka, and simple syrup, I wound up with enough to fill 3x 2 litre mason jars. left these for around 3 months. The result was a bit too sweet for my taste (more like a liquer) but it did taste great with soda ( or tonic) & a couple lime wedges.
version 3 - I reduced the amount of sugar by a half & added some lime zest plus a punnet of raspberries for a bit more tartness. delicous

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Re: Homemade Vodka Infusions

Post by Jags » Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:02 pm

I have some cucumbers soaking now. How long until it is worth trying?
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Re: Homemade Vodka Infusions

Post by peetie44 » Thu Jul 21, 2011 12:18 am

I have one steeping on the window ledge; a grape, cherry, strawberry, plum combo.
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Re: Homemade Vodka Infusions

Post by Wingman » Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:13 am

Jags wrote:I have some cucumbers soaking now. How long until it is worth trying?
i've found it depends on the material used and how finely it's chopped. i taste a bit after a couple days, and every day thereafter until i get the desired flavor.
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Re: Homemade Vodka Infusions

Post by peetie44 » Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:19 am

Wingman wrote:
Jags wrote:I have some cucumbers soaking now. How long until it is worth trying?
i've found it depends on the material used and how finely it's chopped. i taste a bit after a couple days, and every day thereafter until i get the desired flavor.
I've only ever used fruit. If it's apples or oranges, you need to slice them. For smaller fruits (grapes, cherries, strawberries, other berries, raisins, small plums, etc), I put them in whole after scoring each one several times with a sharp knife. As for time, most recommendations I've seen online call for a minimum of 3-5 days, while the maximum time seems to be quite open for debate. My latest batch went 6 days and is quite good.
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Re: Homemade Vodka Infusions

Post by John Barleycorn » Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:28 pm

Resident Asshole wrote:Wow, always rely on the UK to come of with the fruitiest bullshit. Now I like a flavored vodka just as much as the next person, but skittles vodka? Why must everything taste like candy over there for it to be popular?
Because it's a country where 16 year old girls like to go out, get drunk, and get their tubes stuffed.

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Re: Homemade Vodka Infusions

Post by captain gonzo » Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:40 pm

The UK is contradictory.... go into a real pub and order anything that has any sweetness and even if your a woman youd get beaten...but the town centres are full of half hearted attempts at bars where they love to hide the taste of booze behind a wall of sugar. That and starting to drink at 16 is classed as waiting til your old enough (most people starting at 12-13 that I know) and the young tend to be the purveyors of whats popular.

But really the silent real drinkers here tend to stick to real drinks.
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Re: Homemade Vodka Infusions

Post by The Limey » Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:46 pm

THIS^^.

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Re: Homemade Vodka Infusions

Post by Jags » Sat Jul 30, 2011 6:27 am

The only sweetness I like when I'm drinking is my wife.

I tried the cucumber vodka. It's got a very pronounced cucumber flavor but a little bit bitter. These were from a garden so maybe not quite enough time on the vine.
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