As a bartender, how can you stand apart from the crowd? Infused alcohol could be your ticket to recognition for your craft. Infusing alcohols with different flavors gives you the opportunity to wow your customers with signature cocktails they won’t find anywhere else. Infusing alcohol is easy and inexpensive, but the results are anything but ordinary. Here’s how to let your inner mixologist run wild with infused alcohol combinations:
Choose Your Flavors
Start by deciding which alcohols you want to use as bases. Steer clear of already-flavored alcohols and instead choose basics like gin, tequila, vodka, and rum. Dark liquors like bourbon will also work. Next, decide which flavors you want to pair with your liquors. Fruit is an obvious choice and works well with most alcohols. If you want to experiment with less sweet tastes, add chili peppers to tequila, cucumbers to gin, or basil to vodka. Think of the drinks that are ordered most often when you’re bartending and emphasize those liquors.
Make the Infusion Mix
Start by washing and dicing your ingredients. Be sure all skin, stems, and seeds have been removed, as they could leave your alcohol tasting bitter. Next, fill a glass jar with your ingredients and cover with the alcohol of your choosing. Let the mixture infuse for two to three weeks, being sure to shake the jar periodically. When you’re pleased with the taste, strain the alcohol, and it’s ready for use.
Experiment with the Infused Alcohol
Infused alcohol can be used in a huge number of ways. Let your creativity be your guide. You can use freshly infused alcohol to create new twists on classics, like using peach-infused bourbon to make a Manhattan. Your infused alcohol may be tasty enough to simply be offered on the rocks, as well. Your bartending customers are your best source of inspiration, so ask them for feedback as you test new mixes.
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