When we’re talking spirits, we mean vodka, gin, tequila, rum, whiskey, mezcal, and brandy. Everything on this list can be infused.
What ‘infused’ means is to flavor. You take your alcohol of choice and you can infuse it with a variety of flavors to create a classic infused alcoholic beverage or your own custom creation.
Using a spirits infuser can make drinking all the more interesting and can be a fun experiment. There are no limits to what you can do with infusions, taking from fruits and veggies to your favourite herbs and spices.
When you have an infuser like the Tastemaker Spirits Infuser, you can infuse a drink in as little as five minutes or less. Here are some of the most common flavors to infuse spirits from.
You can’t go wrong with a cherry brandy or a homemade cherry bourbon. Getting a couple of cherries in an infuser is, fortunately, easy to do and it’s a very fine flavor to create your cocktail from.
There are premium oak spiral infusers you can buy which are easy to add into whiskey, tequila, gin, rum, and wine. Within hours, you get that classic smooth oaky flavor. The only downside is oak infusers are often single-use which means they will need replacement.
Take a few cinnamon sticks and place them in your spirits infuser. Creating a cinnamon drink at home with your infuser will leave you with a much more natural-flavored drink than a similar cinnamon spirit store brand.
Strawberry is the most popular infused spirits fruit there is. If you aren’t invested in strawberry, alternatives include any of the berry family – blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Pear-flavored spirits can also be very inviting.
Vanilla is another flavor that many choose for their spirits infuser in Canada. Though they are expensive and may require an increase in infusion time, vanilla’s an unforgettable flavor that enhances a lot of beverages’ natural charm.
If you aren’t sure where to start or how to infuse spirits, the safest flavor that’s unlike to ruin a beverage is citrus fruits. Oranges and lemons are perfect accent flavors that can make boring drinks or complex infusions interesting, easy on the tongue, and delicious.
Yes, coffee surprisingly works well when infused into a whiskey cocktail. This can be tricky as varieties of coffee mixed with alcohol can present very different flavors. Unless you’re a major coffee lover, you may want to avoid going here.
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