Scrambling to find fun new cocktail ideas to serve your guests at tonight’s New Year’s Eve party? Inventing new cocktails is both a science and an art, and so is mixing the perfect drink. My name is Kathey Raskin, and I’d like to welcome you into my Las Vegas kitchen tonight, where I’m preparing for my own New Year’s Eve party. I’ve been having fun reading the newest savory cocktail recipes and seeing what today’s bartenders are doing with fresh herbs. I plan to offer my guests classic favorites like martinis and margaritas, but I’ve also been infusing my own alcohol with savory herbs so I can offer this new twist on our old favorites.
This week, rather than give you drink recipes, I’m going to explain how to infuse your own liquor so you can experiment with your own drink recipes.
Any fresh herbs, fruits, or vegetables that pique your interest. This is your chance to get inventive, so don’t be afraid to try new ideas! My favorites are basil, cucumber, lavender, and rosemary. You can mix with any premium clear alcohol, such as vodka or gin. You’ll also need to get mason jars with lids that seal tightly.
You’ll want to start the process 3 to 5 days before your party. I know it’s too late for this year’s party, but you’ve still got plenty of time to practice to make your true love a custom cocktail for Valentine’s Day! Rinse the herbs and place them in the jar, then fill to the top with your alcohol of choice. Make sure to seal the jar tightly, because any air getting in can spoil the herbs and ruin the process. You’ll need to store the jar in a cool, dark place like your garage or closet. Beginning on Day 2, you’ll want to start testing the alcohol and herb mixture. When the flavor is just right, not too weak and not too strong, then the mixture is ready. The last step in the process is to strain the liquid. You can do this using a fine mesh strainer, a coffee filter, or cheesecloth. I prefer the fine mesh strainer. After this is done, you can bottle the alcohol and herb mixture to use at your own party or to give away as gifts.
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