I’m no stranger to infused booze. In fact, during a month when I’ve spent every free moment (quite happily) packing holiday gift boxes and planning our winter tasting programs, you could say that infused booze and I are best friends forever.
My cocktail of choice these days is either straight Champagne or little more than anything strong served ice cold in a neat glass. Fruity mixed drinks that please me all summer are basically no match for the colder months. Give me Washington cherry-infused bourbon, rhubarb flavored vodka or this very simple recipe for organic American vodka colored by fresh figs and vanilla. It’s straight alcohol, all the time.
A couple week’s back, Heidi visited to continue our sparkling cocktail planning adventures. You should really be a fly on the way during those photo shoots, just to mock us for falling in love with our on the spot creations. After five or twenty sips, each recipe is better than the last. This was the last recipe we shot and I almost made it as an afterthought, just to fill up some extra film, but we both kinda love these photos.
I’m giving these jars out to friends this month and getting them involved in the action. All they have to do is strain out the figs and vanilla bean and sit a pretty bottle of flavored happiness on the kitchen shelf. Tied with some twine and a handmade label, celebrating the season was never quiet so simple.
Happy *almost* Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s!
Fig and Vanilla Vodka
Recipe adapted from Sweet Paul’s Holiday Issue
- 1 liter jar
- 1 liter good organic vodka
- 1/2 pound (8 ounces) of fresh or dried figs
- 1 vanilla bean
- Clean and sterilize a 1 liter glass jar.
- Clean and slice figs. If using fresh figs, slice into quarters. If using dried figs, slice in half. Place in the jar.
- Sliced a vanilla bean pod in half, exposing all the pretty beans. Place it into the jar with the figs.
- Poor vodka over the figs and vanilla bean. Seal and let sit for one week.
- Strain and serve chilled just as it is or, ideally, in your own pretty cocktail creation.
All photos styled by Maggie Battista and Heidi Murphy and photographed by Heidi Murphy/White Loft Style.
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