Homemade Ginger-Infused Vodka and cocktails

 

My last blog post shared a cocktail in the spirit of Chinese New Year called a ‘Happy Dragon cocktail’ made with homemade Ginger-Infused Vodka.  It’s a cinch and I’ll provide the instructions so you may do the same.

Ginger is a coveted culinary and medicinal root.  I have addicted friends who eat it like a beaver chomps through trees.  It has a nice warming effect and is great for ailments of the stomach.  (You may have heard of the motion sick remedy of Ginger Pills).  I for one make a tea from it during the winter with a few 1/8 inch slices of unpeeled ginger, a slice of lemon and a bit of honey in teacup filled with boiling water.  It’s light, flavorful and I’m sure good for me!
Ginger is a root and when mature it bears spiciness (like arugula is spicy, not like chilies).  It is a distinct flavor you’ll identify in most Asian cuisine though it’s present in international cuisine.  When infused in the vodka the vodka has a clear ginger flavor but it’s not strong in the way something like crystallized ginger is.  Makes for a unique twist in vodka cocktails.

 

GINGER-INFUSED VODKA
I suggest using very light flavored Vodka for this infusion desiring the ginger to be the flavor to shine through.
Yield:  approximately 2 cups infused vodka
Ingredients:
·         ½ cup unpeeled ginger, sliced (about 1/8th inch thick)
·         2 cups quality Vodka

 

Place ginger and vodka in a sealable glass jar.  Set in a dark location.  Check flavor after 7 days.  If it is strong enough for your taste you can begin to use it.  If you’d like a stronger flavor allow it to sit 3-4 additional days, taste and either use or allow to sit longer.  I did not remove the ginger from my Vodka once it was done though you can.
GINGERTINI
A ginger spin on a classic cocktail.  I garnished with sliced kumquats on a skewer.
·         2 ounces Ginger-Infused Vodka
·         1 ounce Martini and Rossi Rosso Vermouth 
·         Splash Lemon Bitters

 

POMEGRANATE GINGER SPARKLER
I use organic, unfiltered pomegranate juice so it has a darker reddish-brown color to it that I love.
Ingredients:
·         1 ½ ounces Ginger-Infused Vodka
·         ½ ounce Lemon Vodka
·         ½ ounce Simple Syrup
·         2 ounces unsweetened Pomegranate juice
·         Ginger ale
Combine vodkas, simple syrup and pomegranate juice in a shaker with ice.  Shake and pour into a highball glass filled with ice.  Pour in Ginger ale to fill glass.  I garnished with a slice of an Asian pear.

 

A few straight forward options; one a redo of a classic Vodka Tonic….
GINGER-VODKA TONIC
·         1 ½ -2 ounces Ginger-Infused Vodka
·         Tonic
Fill a highball glass with ice.  Add vodka and fill with a quality tonic.

GINGER-VODKA AND GINGER ALE

·         1 ½ -2 ounces Ginger-Infused Vodka
·         Ginger ale
 Fill a highball glass with ice.  Pour in vodka and fill with Ginger ale.
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HAPPY DRAGON COCKTAIL
This drink is very fresh tasting with the tangerine juice and ginger.  You could easily make it non-alcoholic by omitting the ginger-infused vodka.
Makes:  I cocktail
·         1 to 1 ½ ounce Ginger-Infused Vodka
·         Juice of 2 tangerines, freshly squeezed
·         Splash lychee fruit syrup (most easily found from a can of lychees)
·         Ginger ale to fill
Fill an 8 ounce flute with ice.  In a separate glass add the ginger-infused vodka, tangerine juice and lychee syrup.  Stir and pour into the flute.  Fill glass with ginger ale.  Garnish with a lychee fruit on a skewer.

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Comments

  1. says

    I am going to have to try ginger infused vodka. Right now in my cool dark place I have mason jars of bubble gum infused vodka, resse's peanut butter cup infused vodka and peppermint infused vodka. I have two more days left in the process. As soon as those are done, I'll be starting the ginger one! Yum.

    • says

      Hi Yvette! Great to have you pop by and thank you for your kind remarks about the cocktails! It's a fresh twist on regular vodka and certainly without limit on how it could be used! Have a great weekend.

  2. says

    I’m SO glad I found your site ! I love infusing spirits… I have a recipe where I infuse fresh ginger with tequila. I’ve also invented a drink where I infuse ginger with gin, add fresh juiced cucumber, fresh squeezed lime juice, a splash of simple syrup, shaken with ice and served in a chilled martini glass (I keep a dozen in my freezer at all times – for emergencies), and served with either a paper thin cucumber floater, or a sprig of fresh mint. Hail Daylight Savings Time !

    • says

      I’m glad you found me too Tre! I agree on the infusing. Once you start the world of possibilities open up, don’t they? I love the gingery things you’ve made! I made some Ginger Vodka last year that I wound into a Chinese New Year cocktail with mandarin orange. It’s a great ingredient. Thanks for ‘popping in’; hope you’ll continue to find things your like and keep me posted on your inventions too!

  3. Bill says

    Toni – Thanks for the recipe for ginger infused vodka. I have a batch going right now. I suggest using Vernor’s Ginger Ale – it is barrel aged and it’s as sweet as most other brands.

    I have a question about the knife in your pictures. It’s beautiful. What brand is it?

    • says

      Bill my apologies for my delayed response. Thanks for your ginger ale tip! I too like smaller batch crafted ginger ale that tastes less processed. I think you’ll like the ginger vodka.

      The knife is a steak knife that I found at a Thrift store actually! Lucky find.

      Thanks much for your comment! Enjoy the vodka!

  4. Katie B says

    These look awesome. Better discovered late than never! My question is what you mean by sealing the jar. I use mason jars to store everything, but I use plastic lids on them. Do you mean to seal them like in a canning process, or just to put the flat metal lid on and secure with a ring? Or would a plastic lid be sufficient (it is not airtight or leakproof). Thanks so much! Can’t wait to get started.

    • says

      What I really mean is to keep it in a jar or bottle with a lid or that can be closed. You want the infusion to stay closed to prohibit evaporation. I do think of plastic lids for Mason jars as leakproof as I use them often for this type of thing. Even a recycled jar that has been sanitized and has a tight fitting lid is fine.

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