One of our favorite High Holiday traditions is to make infused vodka (also known as Aquavit). This year, after I failed to make a decent enough stovetop potpourri, I decided to try using my ingredients in this year’s bottle. Turns out that honey, apple, and rosemary create a beautiful infused vodka, even if they’re not perfect for infusing the house with amazing smells.
So, how does one infuse vodka? It’s as easy as it sounds. Much like the infused honeys (I swear I’m not infusing everything this year), time is the most important ingredient. After that, it’s pretty easy.
Get a budget-friendly, decent-ish bottle of vodka that you like the taste of on its own. Or, at least you can tolerate it. You don’t want an expensive vodka because you’re adding flavors, but you don’t want a super crappy one either. Trust me, the cheapest vodka will not infuse nicely and is best left for cleaning your windows.
Take your brand new bottle and take at least an ounce out. Do a shot if you like, but you need room at the top for displacement. Next, add a sprig of rosemary, 2 Tablespoons of honey, and 2 Tablespoons of chopped apple. Close the bottle and leave it in the fridge for at least 2 weeks. The longer it infuses, the better it tastes.
At the end of the 2 weeks, decant your infused vodka into a carafe, using a strainer to catch any apple pieces. Serve ice cold, especially after meals. L’chaim!