Category Archives: vodka infusion

Passionate Pineapple

It’s been a while.  Sorry,

I know you have still been drinking.

Wine, Beer, a  Whiskey Bubbler or two. That’s fine to survive  a dreary spring.

Nothing wrong with these basic drinks.  Are  you feeling  a little bored?  I am.  Since summer has finally arrived, I have swept away the basic blahs.  Now is the time  I can dream and create.

This drink debuted at a brunch I had.  Served a Ricotta, Leek and Olive tart, Salmon dip and a grilled chicken salad.  Perfect for this weather.  Hints of Hibiscus and Passion fruit in the tea pair well with the Pineapple Vodka. 10 of us went through 2 pitchers, at 11:30 am.

The Smirnoff Sourced vodka is less sweet than the old flavored vodkas. The flavor is a fresher pineapple taste. I highly recommend it and can’t wait to try the other flavors.

PASSIONATE PINEAPPLE

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2 Qts of warm water

1/3 cup of sugar.

2/3 cup Smirnoff Sourced Pineapple Vodka

2 Lt  of 7 up

You will need 2 2 qt pitchers for this recipe.

Fill 2 qt pitcher with warm water add the 3 tea bags and let sit in refrigerator for a minimum of   3 hours.

Remove tea bags. Add sugar. Stir until dissolved

In  Empty pitcher pour  1 Qt of tea , 1/3 cup of vodka and 1/3 of the bottle of 7up. Add ice.  Enough for 2 Pitchers.

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Serve over more ice. enjoy.. More Summer cocktails to come.

 

 

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Skinny Pina Colada

That Pineapple vodka you have in your fridge. What can you with it?

Martini?pineapple martini

Yes, you can drink it shaken with ice and a sprig of rosemary. Poured into your ice cold martini glass. Yummy, but  this is an evening cocktail.

I’d like to offer a daytime option.

 

skinny pina colataThe skinny pina colada.

1 shot pineapple vodka

1/2 of a can of coconut flavored Lacroix water

1 Scoop of pineapple sherbert.

All of these items are best mixed when fully chilled.  Served over crushed ice.

 

Perhaps after a tough day at the pool you need to recharge your electrolytes.   Problem solved.

Aloha electrolyte The Aloha Electrolyte

1 shot of pineapple vodka

2 shots of coconut water

1/2 can of diet 7 up.

1 slice of pineapple that has been soaking in vodka for garnish.

Lots of ice.

Hope you have some beautiful pool days!!!  Keep enjoying summer.

Next week Blueberry Margaritas.

 

Vodka Gummy Bears

Vodka Gummy Bears.  Reminds me of a college frat party treat.  I only recently thought of these because I was going to see 22 Jump street with some of my cocktail loving friends. I figured candy and popcorn and beers. What could be better?

They were delicious but very sneaky. Please eat these in moderation to avoid a next day headache.

Making these was a bit of trial and error.

I am a firm believer of keeping everything in the refrigerator. fluffy the coffee pot cat

This is why….

 

Cats at night are  in all kinds of places they would never be while you are awake.

Using this logic as a guide , I kept my gummy bears in the fridge the entire time. I found this slowed the process.  experimented with putting  them on the counter during the day and in the fridge at night.

 

Recipe.

Place gummy bears in rows in a 5x8x2 inch dish. ( I found the target brand poof faster than the Haribo brand.) Leave a quarter inch between each bear. They should stick to the dish. Pour Vodka over the bears until they are halfway submerged. Don’t dump them in a bowl and pour vodka on them. They will not separate.  Makes a pretty  picture but you will be stuck with a cluster stuck of bears.

Watch the evolution.

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Day 1

 

 

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Day 2 you will notice that the vodka not absorbed yet is thickening. Pour some more  vodka on top. Let the bears keep soaking.

 

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Day 3

I gave them  a stir. They are bloated and sticky messes. Add more Vodka.

 

Vodka gummy bears

Day 4:  These little guys are the texture of jello.  In fact the vodka around them is the consistency of jello. This can be your little treat as a reward for all of your patience.

 

Serving options? I put them in two snack size ziplock bags, because these were going to the movies.  If any of my readers have classy ideas post them on my facebook page. I’d love to see your results.

 

Strawberry basil vodka.

Feels like summer is here. Spring brought us a week of rain . Boom!! Its hot and muggy.

The herbs are happy.

herbs

My plants are growing. Last year,  I let my strawberry plant get a bit wild.  It send out all kinds of shoots and I now have numerous plants. Of course they are growing under my bulbed  flowers. Maybe the rabbits won’t notice.

Strawberries

This week  I am feeling a summer drink. Something to enjoy sipping while sitting in the backyard enjoying the sun.  Or something to drink while dreaming of having the time to sit.

I am making a strawberry basil infusion.  Sweet and spicy.strawberry basil vodka

Strawberry Basil Vodka

2 large strawberries

1 spring basil

1/2 cup of vodka.

Let the  Strawberries and Basil sit in the dish 24 hours. Pull the Basil out let the strawberries sit another day. YUM!!

 

 

 

Stock the bar.

I like things quick, easy and simple. One of my pet peeves is all the bottles of different liquor you need to have on hand  to make a cocktail. I will see   beautiful drinks on Pinterest. I will think .”Ooh that looks great, but I don’t have any of those things in my cupboard.”  I  hate to buy exclusive, specialty liquors and be stuck with them.  I have spent 55 dollars at the store to get the fixings for a Lemon drop martini.  It called for Tausca  which is a vanilla citrus liquor.

3 yrs later here it is.

3 years later still have some left.
3 years later I still have some left.

I  get bored quickly. With cocktails, with recipes. On Friday cocktail days, I can’t stick with one drink the whole afternoon.  We  always mix it up.  This is what drinkswithdana is all about. Having a few basic ingredients on hand and being able to make a bunch of yummy drinks.  The shrub was a little out of my normal context of things. One thing I can promise is   I will never be  boring.

So what do you need to have on hand??

#1.  Vodka. Don’t go cheap. You don’t need to go too high end. I like Kettle one, Absolute and SKY.  Any  vodkas of this level are good. I pick which ever one is one sale.   I know some people are really nervous with vodka. But we are not making shots. If the drink is too strong add extra seltzer or 7 up.

#2. Gin :  Bombay

#3. Tequila: Jose Cuervo

#4.  Seltzer, Flavored or plain.  I buy one small liter unflavored and a few flavored ones. The grocery store runs them on sale .  They  will sit in the cabinet until you need them.

#5.  7 up, Ginger ale, Sprite.  La Croix. Choose your favorite or whatever is on sale.  I buy the 12 pack cans so they don’t go flat.  I usually buy diet or no calorie,  Again you make your personal sugar or sweetener choice. This is about your happiness,

#6. Wine. In   most of my recipes that include wine, we are flavoring it. High quality is a waste. I try to stay in the $6-9 range. Again sale prices determine a lot. I try to have  on hand   these types of whites: Moscato, Pinot Grigio,  Sauvignon blanc.  Any of these work.  You just need to control for sweetness. For Reds usually I use red blends in Sangrias.

#7. Prosecco.  I found a some great versions for mixing that are between 5.99 and 9.99  a bottle.  I will talk about those in future blogs about prosecco.

#8. Fruit.  I try to stay in season. I am too frugal to spend top dollar for crummy fruit.

Odd popsicles, left over sherbert, other odd left over kid desserts. Ice. Lots of ice..

cucumber mint vodka
cucumber mint vodka

This weeks infusion. Cucumber  Mint Vodka.

1/2 cup of Vodka

1/4 of a large cucumber

5 Mint leaves

Glass bowl or cup.

Wash your cucumber leave skin on, slice thinly, add mint leaves Pour vodka over it. let sit 1-2 days.

 

Grapefruit Basil Bliss

 

It’s recipie day.  Are you excited to use the basil vodka in your fridge?

Grapefruit Basil Bliss

 

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1.5 shots Basil Vodka infusion. ( I tend to pour strong.  It’s good with  just 1 shot.)

4 sections of peeled grapefruit.

1 can of Fresca.

Crushed ice.

Peeled grapefruit sections
Peeled grapefruit sections

Place peeled grapefruit sections into glass. Pour basil vodka over fruit. Muddle. Cover  with crushed ice. Top off with Fresca..

Straw and extra piece of basil optional..

Enjoy

 

Vodka Infused Basil/ Surprised by the sweetness

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One half cup Vodka.  6 large  clean Basil Leaves.  Let soak for 2 days minimum. 4 days Max. Give it a taste after the first day. Just a fingertip taste.  You will be surprised by the sweetness.

 

I have been thinking a lot about happiness lately.   Why?? I have been unusually happy for the past year.

For decades I searched and hunted for happiness. Looked to other people for my fix . I would make deals. Once I  do this and this, then I will be happy.    I was  wrapped up in  the idea of happiness. I was so busy trying to make it happen. Too stressed  by it all to feel anything but the disappointment of not being “happy”.

Strange thing was I was so busy trying to be happy, I didn’t realize that it was right there the whole time. Happiness comes down to the  “now.” It is inside of this specific moment. You just need to look. The five minute snuggle in the morning.  Hearing your child’s day was “fine”( Kid is in middle school . Fine is a huge descriptor. ) After weeks of trying, getting the step right in my Zumba class. The routine of a Sunday night, family curled up  watching  Mythbusters, eating chinese food. Fighting over the last crab rangoon. These are the moments of my happiness. They are not big moments. Not like the first step or first words. These are the little moments that will be my fondest memories.

Slow down and take time to look at the beauty that surrounds you. Take a deep breath and listen to the giggles of your kids , goofy things done by your spouse and pets.  We get caught up in all of the noise of the world. The tweets, the emails, the immediate influx of so much data.  Everything is BIG BIG BIG. We forget to  really look. We forget to  really listen. I mindfully decided to value the time I have. To value the people I am with in that moment. To stop worrying about where I should be. What I should be doing and just breathe in the moment.  Be in the here and now. I was strangely surprised by the sweetness of the moments around me.  I choose to savor the moments. Relish all the little things. So yes, I am simply happy.

Enjoy your happiness. Wherever  you may find it.

Plant your basil this week .  Grab a pot of mint as well.   Your world is full of smiles.