homemade infused vodka

A few weekends ago we were going to a couple of our friends’ birthday party (yes, the plurals and possessives are right) and I just didn’t feel like drinking wine.

Ever since dry January I’ve really cut back on my drinking. I rarely drink on week nights, but even more surprisingly, I tend to restrain myself on weekends as well. My body just liked me so much during January, I decided to try to keep it up! However, there are special occasions, such as a couple of friends’ birthday party, that call for a few drinks.

Let me digress for a moment… In the last couple of years, I have learned that sugar + alcohol, even in moderate quantities, makes me feel b.a.d. the next day. I’ve also learned that if I keep up a steady 1 drink to 1 glass of water ratio, it helps metabolize the sugar (or it just washes it out through my system… whatever, it works!). So, if I really want to have more than a handful of glasses of wine, that’s my strict rule. In addition to helping me deal with the sugar (and pee even more than normal) it also totally cuts back on the number of glasses of wine I can have. Bonus!

Anyway, sometimes I just don’t feel like wine, but I like to keep my 1 drink to 1 glass of water ratio alive and well. This makes drinking any amount of beer very difficult (can you imagine how much liquid you are drinking if you drink one glass of water per beer?! Let me tell you, it’s a lot).

I also don’t really drink pop (or soda if you are one of my friendly American readers). And, as you can imagine, juice is out, too much (say it together) sugar! I even learned that my old friend tonic is laden with the fructose, how sad. So, no mixed drinks for me. Well, almost.

Enter the vodka soda. This drink is low-ish-cal, but more importantly for me it is no-sugar. And, it is inherently a one drink to one glass of water ratio. So, no need to keep track of glasses of water. But, it’s boring. As heck. And seems a little hard core coming from a girl who doesn’t drink much. So, several hours before we left for the party that night I tried to spice it up a little (quite literally) with my very first at home vodka infusion.

I muddled ginger, lime and basil together and then I smushed them (yes, that is the technical term) into the 13oz bottle of vodka we were taking to the party. And while I appreciate I upped the sugar content of my drink by infusing it, I’m still pretty sure it had less sugar than there is in wine. Woo hoo! And boy was it ever delicious.

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It also looked super pretty and made me the coolest person at the party. Well, it made me the coolest person at the party to almost everyone. Certainly not to the girl that thought I had brought vodka that had gone off… she thought I was crazy.

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Want some delicious infused vodka yourself? Make your own! Homemade infused vodka is easy, inexpensive and delicious. I give you my recipe, below, but feel free to experiment, and come back and let me know what kind of infusions you come up with. For instance, I’m not a vanilla vodka person, but if you are, I imagine a vanilla bean infusion would be mighty delicious!

2 Replies to “homemade infused vodka”

    1. Haha, I didn’t even think of what a bizzare post this is for a Wednesday morning. I guess it is sort of healty? There’s basil in there!

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