These days when you go into a liquor store you will find all these flavored liquors. I look at these and wonder what they use to flavor the liquors and I do realize that if you are choosing healthy choices for a diet you won’t choose to add liquors in.
For those of us that do choose a little beverage that has a special something in it I recommend a little do-it-yourself instead of instant gratification from the store. It adds the little touches to gatherings and your own little splurges that really make it pop.
Getting a little zing from a homemade concoction has been going on since the dark ages and I presume even before then, didn’t Jesus turn water into wine?
So these little recipes are from non other that our young Martha Stewart. I am lucky enough to have her Martha Stewart’s Christmas book, I do realize I am writing this in July but what better time than when your garden is growing and the temperature is hot. So here you go…
Hot Pepper Vodka
Makes one pint.
- 2 Long hot red peppers
- 2 Long hot green peppers
- 1 Pint good vodka
Add the cleaned, sliced open peppers to the container of Vodka and refrigerate or freeze for at least a week, patience is a virtue (being July I would definitely freeze it)
Makes One Quart
- 4 Lemons
- 1 Quart good Vodka
Using citrus stripper , remove lemon rinds in long, thin strips. Add the lemon rind to the container of vodka and place in freezer for at least 3 days, shaking from time to time. Store in the freezer until ready to use.
You will not be disappointed with taking the time to do this and abstaining from the flavored liquors that are now on the market. They can add to all the wonderful mixed drinks that you have planned for you summer gatherings. We would love to hear about your summer spirit concoctions.