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Infused Whiskey

I infused the coffee similar to making cold brew for about 24 hours. The dates I just chopped up and left for about a week. I recently used a little cream soda as a mixer, which worked well. I love the idea of using lillet! Awesome.

Jul 06, 2013
meliora in Spirits
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Infused Whiskey

I have been dabbling in infused spirits. The latest has me in a bit of a dilemma: coffee date whiskey. It's lovely; smoky and dark with just the right touch of coffee and a nice caramel note from the dates. And it still tastes like whiskey. It's just a bit rough to sip straight or on the rocks... Any suggestions on mixers?

I thought it might be because its a cheaper whiskey but I used the other half in an orange anise batch and it was smooth and sippable. Just my personal guess is that the more sweet the items infused, the more it helps smooth out the bite.

Jun 29, 2013
meliora in Spirits
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Best brands and ingredients for spirit infusions

I recently infused Bombay sapphire gin with peaches (which were not quite ripe enough) and since the flavor was still very peppery I decided to add raspberries. It came out a beautiful rosy color and tasted great (even to my boyfriend, who thinks gin tastes terrible). I let it infuse about 2 weeks.

I've had great success with everything I've put strawberries in. Tequila especially. I've paired it with jalapeno, once with basil, and once with lemon. That infusion is a gorgeous ruby color, so I make sure I run that through a coffee filter a time or two to get it really clear.

My secret for success with all of those is using VERY VERY ripe flavorful fruit. If what you put in it is bland, I can't imagine how I'd expect it to come out fruity. I always keep it in a cool dry place too. I keep it in a cabinet and swish it around whenever I get out plates. I smell it a couple times a week and give it a taste when I think its close. Everything I've left longer just gets better and better. A batch I made and pulled at 1 week was not nearly as good as the ones I've left nearly 3 weeks.

Hope the tips help!

Jun 29, 2013
meliora in Spirits