A few weeks back, we had some leftover figs from a photoshoot and didn’t want them to go to waste, so we made a spur-of-the-moment decision to infuse them in some vodka with cinnamon sticks and star anise. Turns out, it was a great decision – after just two and a half days, the vodka took on a gorgeous red/pink hue and the warm fall flavors of figs, cinnamon and star anise.
Our first thought was to make a martini, but we just made this apple pear martini last week, so we decided to switch things up with a Moscow Mule – the warm flavors of the infused vodka pair well with ginger beer, and lime juice brightens everything up!
Infused liquor is so much easier than it sounds, and it’s well worth the extra effort. It also makes a lovely DIY holiday gift! Two of our recent favorite combinations are jalapeño infused tequila and strawberry infused vodka – the vodka absorbs so much strawberry flavor that it smells more like a syrup than alcohol!
The flavor possibilities are endless, but each combination may differ in length of time, etc., so be sure to do some research before getting started. Once your alcohol is infused, you simply have to strain it and return to a sanitized glass jar, where you can store for up to a year in most cases.Print
We love the warm fall flavors of this drink – figs, cinnamon, star anise and ginger beer pair beautifully for an autumnal twist on a classic moscow mule.
- 2 oz fig infused vodka (recipe below)
- 1/2 oz cinnamon simple syrup (recipe below)
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- 6 oz ginger beer
Fig Infused Vodka:
- 15 figs, halved
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 star anise
- About 30 oz vodka
Cinnamon Simple Syrup:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Cut 15 figs into halves. Put into 32 oz mason jar, add 1 cinnamon stick, and one star anise.
- Pour vodka over the top (we used pear vodka). Shake jar once or twice a day and let infuse for 2-3 days. Strain through a fine sieve or cheesecloth and return to clean glass jar.
- Heat sugar and water in small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves.
- Add cinnamon sticks and bring mixture to a simmer. Simmer 1 min, turn heat off, and let sit for 30 minutes.
- Remove cinnamon stick and strain through a sieve.
To make drink:
- Add vodka, simple syrup and lime juice to a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake well, then strain into a moscow mule mug and top with ginger beer. Enjoy!
You can certainly substitute the homemade infused vodka for regular vodka of your choice – it just won’t be as strongly flavored.