Fruit infused vodka recipe

I do enjoy the process of infusing vodka and I have had great success with apple and cinnamon, jalapeno, pineapple, etc.   But of all the different types of fruit that I have tried, perhaps one of the easiest and tastiest, is infusing vodka with a citrus based fruit (lemon, lime, etc.).  And it can be done with just a few simple steps:

STEP 1:  Pick your fruit.

Today, I am using an etrog.  (Etrog is a type of citron cultivated primarily in Israel. This citrus fruit has a yellow, faintly ribbed, thick peel and very little juice. The etrog is similar to a lemon in appearance, color, scent and taste.   From http://kosherfood.about.com/od/glossaryofjewishfoods/g/etrog.htm).

Tip:  there is no rule as to how much rind you will need. I generally use the principle that the more you use, the stronger the flavor.

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Five large Etrog will be perfect for this recipe

Step 2: Remove the rind

The challenge here, is to remove as much of the rind as you can, and not to take any of the pith (which will add a bitter taste to your infusion).

Tip:  Get a good peeler.  I first struggled and hated this part of the process, but after finding a peeler that worked well and did not remove any of the pith, the process takes much less time.

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The fruit with the layer of rind removed

Step 3: Add vodka (and sugar)

Place the rind into a jar, add the vodka (enough to cover all the rind) and add two tablespoons of sugar.  Shake the mixture enough to dissolve all the sugar, then place into a cool and dark cupboard.

Tip:  Use a high quality vodka.  I first tried several cheaper versions hoping that the infused flavor would improve the quality, but that never happened.

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Cover the rind with vodka

Step 4:  Store then Drink

Store the vodka with the rinds in the cupboard for two weeks.  A little longer if you want a particularly strong infusion.  Strain the vodka into the original bottle – while many recipes call for you to remove all the rinds, I like to keep some of the longer ones in the bottle for decorative purposes.

Tip:  Store in the freezer.  It will not freeze.

No further instructions needed.

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