The book I mentioned in my last post had some recipes for infusing vodka, so we decided to try two of them out. We get to sample them on Sunday, and if they turn out, then I think we'll be making more for Christmas gifts...
#1 (and by far the easiest) Strawberry Infusion.
Cut the tops off of a bunch of strawberries (I think we used an 8 oz. package?). Slice them in half. Put in clean jar or other container with tight fitting lid. Cover with two cups of vodka. Put lid on tightly. Store in cool, dark place for 7 days, giving it a good shake every other day. After 7 days, strain solids out with mesh strainer, but give everything in strainer a good smoosh for some extra oomph in your wodka. Repackage in clean jar. Drink. (I think this would be good mixed with lemonade, but I love lemonade and vodka anyway).
#2 Pear/Vanilla/Cinnamon infusion.
Peel, core and chop three ripe pears into 2 inch chunks.
Throw in a saucepan with a half cup (I think) of sugar, a broken cinnamon stick and one vanilla bean. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, until it's all nice and mushy and blended.
When it cools down, transfer to clean jar and cover with 2 cups of vodka.
Allow to sit in cool dark place for 5-7 days, giving it a shake every couple of days. Try it on the 5th day to see if it needs extra two days. Use same straining method mentioned in Strawberry Infusion recipe. Serve cold or over ice.