It's the perfect time of year to be enjoying a tipple over brunch with friends, and this refreshing vodka infusion would make a great gift or base spirit for those summer cocktails. Lavender and rosemary have long been associated with love charms, healing and peace, as well as being excellent herbs for protection from evil spirits - and if you're anything like us you prefer your spirits friendly, and on the rocks. The recipe is straightforward, not to mention a fantastic introduction to working with herbs and experimenting with flavours.
You will need
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
3 sprigs fresh lavender
2 pint (1 liter) bottle of vodka
Rinse the herbs in cool water and gently pat them dry. Put them in a sterilized 2 pint (1 liter) Mason jar, pour in vodka to cover the herbs to the top, and seal tightly. Shake vigorously and place in your pantry or a dark closet, making sure to shake it at least once a day. After 2 days, take a spoon and taste the vodka. If the taste suits you, go ahead and strain the herbs out using cheesecloth (muslin) or a paper coffee filter. Otherwise leave it another day, up to a maximum of 5 days in total. Set the herbs aside and leave them to dry. Pour the strained vodka into a bottle, and label it with its name and the date. Your infused vodka will taste wonderful served ice-cold and neat. To your health!
When you’ve finished infusing the vodka, tie the dried herbs into a bundle with string and use them when you next make a fire in the hearth. The scented smoke will imbue your home with coziness, calm, healing, and love.
Sterilizing your canning jars
Wash the jars in hot soapy water and rinse in scalding water, or use a dishwasher on the hottest setting. Place the jars on a rack set in a deep pot and cover with hot water. Bring the water to a boil and boil the canning jars, covered, for 15 minutes. Using jar tongs, carefully remove the jars, empty out any hot water, and sit them upside down on a clean, dry towel. Once dry, they are ready to fill with your potions and produce!
This recipe is from The Magical Home by Cerridwen Greenleaf