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Getting Started Infusing Vodka
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Cocktail with Infused Vodka

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Summer is upon us and there's many excellent reasons to have an herb garden this time of year. Not only do herbs add fresh flavor, nutrients and color to our meals they also add a sophisticated flavor and aroma to our happy hour cocktail. Trendy herbal infused liquors and aromatic vodkas are simple and economical to make at home. The delicate flavors of herbs, such as basil and thyme, can surprisingly transform your basic martini or cocktail. So, why not put your home bartending skills to work and impress your guests at your next cocktail party with herbal infused vodkas you've made yourself.

Infuse means to extract an ingredients dominant flavor by steeping and soaking. Although many spirits can be used to make an infusion, vodka is most commonly used because of its neutral flavor.

All you need is to follow a few steps and in no time you will be creating stylish cocktails with depth of flavor and flair. The following recipe make 2 cups of infused vodka and can easily be doubled. My recommendation is to start off by preparing small batches and experiment with several different herbs until you find the concoction you like best. Use your favorite herbs and let your taste buds be your guide.

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