Infused vodka has reached all-time popularity in recent years. We all remember when Absolut Vodka was the line of infused vodka. Today, infused vodka is everywhere and the flavor combinations are more interesting than ever.
Infusing your own vodka is relatively easy to do. You can change the flavor of vodka by incorporating new flavors to a basic vodka base and give the vodka time to absorb the introduced flavor. You can infuse your vodka with fruit, like pineapple, or add a spicier flavor by infusing vodka with jalapeno or garlic (which would be perfect for bloody marys).
On a random Sunday I decided to whip up my own batch of Chocolate Marshmallow Infused Vodka. It was a cold winter day and I was craving S’Mores. I knew the Chocolate Marshmallow Infused Vodka would be the perfect base for a S’Mores Martini.
To begin, I grabbed a large mason jar and my ingredients. You will need 2 cups of vodka, 20 large marshmallows and 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.
I then put the lid on the mason jar and shook the jar vigorously.
I let the vodka, marshmallow, chocolate mixture soak for 24 hours. At random times during the soaking period I would shake the jar to combine the ingredients and keep it from settling. The mixture resembled thin chocolate milk with the marshmallows soft, puffy and floating at the top (see top right picture below).
After the 24 hour period I removed the lid from jar and strained the mixture into another empty mason jar. I then took the marshmallows and chocolate that had not dissolved during the soaking period and poured them into a small saucepan. Over low heat, I melted the chocolate and marshmallows and completely dissolved them. I added the melted mixture to the strained vodka, covered with a lid and shook the jar to fully incorporate.
And, that was it! The DIY Chocolate Marshmallow Infused Vodka was ready for cocktails.
To make the S’Mores Martini I chilled a martini glass, moistened the rim of the martini glass with chocolate syrup (I used Hershey’s) and then rimmed the glass with graham cracker crumbs. I then took about three ounces of the infused vodka mixture, chilled it over ice and then slowly poured into the martini glass. To finish, I garnished with drink with four roasted marshmallows on a stick (I used a cake pop stick).
Easy and delicious. All it really takes is a little patience to allow the vodka time to infuse. The infused vodka will keep, at room temperature, for one week and makes about six cocktails. This DIY Chocolate Marshmallow Infused Vodka is the perfect way to serve up a specialty cocktail without all the fuss.
Cheers and enjoy!
This article was written by food blogger Linda Arceo for Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps.