I am always shocked at how many vodkas aren’t vegan. Stupid filters! And it gets more complicated when you start going into the flavored vodkas. Is the bacon vodka vegan? So cake vodka is vegan but not candy bar vodka? It can get all so confusing.
But in many ways, buying these flavored vodkas are pointless. It is so easy to make your own at home! It is literally as simple as dropping crap in a bottle, adding vodka, and waiting to two weeks, drain. Okay it involves a little foresight on your end, you need to start making the vodka before creating the cocktail.
I originally made this infused vodka last year… when I was pregnant. haha. I didn’t drink it for awhile. See my CSA started to grow lemongrass, and I didn’t have time to make a curry paste with it. So I soaked it with vodka, waited several months till I could drink again. I was going to make some recipes for cocktails, but I couldn’t find any lemongrass vodkas available commercially. So I knew I would have to make a recipe for the blog.
So now I decided to give the recipe. But I added a little twist. I had a jalapeno from my CSA and couldn’t use it because they were super spicy. Long story short- baby- can’t use it. So I thought make something ONLY for adults (and didn’t involve heating up the pepper). There is a slight trick to this, the jalapeno infuses MUCH faster than the lemongrass and only needs a few hours.
So make this vodka, and I will have a recipe soon posted to use it.
- 1 mason jar
- 1 bundle of lemongrass
- 1 jalapeno
- 1 tea infuser or cheesecloth
- 1 bottle of vodka
- 1 pretty bottle for end product
1Take your mason jar and stuff the lemongrass into it. You will probably need to chop the lemongrass into smaller pieces. Fill the jar, but don't CRAM in the lemongrass. 2Take the jalapeno and chop into rounds. Put into a tea infusing ball or take a cheese cloth and tie around the jalapeno. Place in the mason jar on the top. 3Pour the vodka in the jar, covering all the ingredients. 4Check the vodka every few hours to give it a taste, making sure you don't make it too spicy. Once you hit the spice level you enjoy, remove the jalapeno. Twist a top on the jar. Let the lemongrass sit for two weeks. 5After two weeks pour the vodka over a strainer. Discard the lemongrass, and pour your vodka into a pretty bottle of choice. Use in cocktails.