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With the Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka craze sweeping the Lowcountry, why not gift some liquor infusions of your own? A variety of fruits and herbs can be used to flavor clear spirits like vodka, but it’s a good idea to first make a batch for yourself so that you can test—and then adjust—ingredient amounts and infusion time. See page 180 in Resources for our recipe for Lemon Mint Vodka.

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Ingredients

  • 1-3 lemons
  • 1/2-1 cup of mint
  • 1 liter medium-grade vodka

Directions

The amount of each ingredient you need will depend on the size of your container and how strongly flavored you want your vodka to be—keep this in mind as you decide how much of each ingredient to use. Wash lemons and slice thinly. Insert in bottle. Wash mint leaves and add to bottle. Fill container with vodka, seal it, and store out of direct sunlight.

Because lemon and mint have strong flavors, they should take only three to four days to infuse. Taste daily until drink reaches preferred intensity. Using a coffee filter or cheesecloth, strain out the fruit and herbs as you pour vodka into a different container. Wash out bottle and pour infused vodka back in. If you’re giving as a gift and want to leave the fruit and herbs in for decorative purposes, simply include a card with instructions for removing.

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