Infusing vodka, bottling it up, and gifting it to my favorite people has been on my to-do list for the past few holiday seasons, but for some reason I never get around to doing it. To be honest, I guess I was always intimidated by the process. For some reason, I thought it was a lot more complicated than it really is. I’m going to all my favorite vintage and thrift stores and scooping up as many glass bottles as I can because this year, Rosemary-Infused Vodka will be my go-to gift; it’s just too easy and too delicious! (And for a few more homemade holiday gift ideas, check out this list of awesome ideas: 20 Edible Gifts For Your Food Loving Friends.)
After researching and reading up on homemade infused vodkas, I realized it’s probably not that difficult to do after all. There are so many brilliant flavor combinations out there but most of them are full of fruit and awfully sugary for my taste. Since I’m more of a savory, salty, herbal drink kind of gal I didn’t want to go with anything too sweet.
Staying true to my culinary vision, I crafted up something simple, yet refined and versatile. For this Rosemary-Infused Vodka all you need is a glass jar with a lid (one that will hold about 3 cups of vodka; I used this mason jar), 3 cups of vodka (I used Smirnoff, nothing fancy) and 5-10 sprigs of rosemary.
Pour your vodka into the glass jar, throw in your rosemary sprigs and seal with the lid. My rosemary sprigs were very long so I only needed to use about 5, but if yours are shorter, feel free to double that amount to 10.
Now for the super easy part. Store the rosemary vodka in a dark cool place for 5-7 days. During this process the vodka will start to turn an amber color. This is important to remember–if you are gifting this to someone you might want to assemble it immediately before hand. Because as gorgeous as this amber color is, the vodka is strikingly beautiful with the vibrant green sprigs inside of it. So if gifting, throw the vodka and rosemary in a jar, put a bow on it, run out the door, and party away!
I especially love this Rosemary-Infused Vodka because it can be used in a variety of different drinks. The rosemary flavor is subtle, yet robust enough to add a refined element to any cocktail. It can be paired with fruity elements or it can be poured on the rocks and topped with olives for an awesome twist on a classic martini. And for a super special brunch moment, try it in my Spicy Old Bay Bloody with Infused Rosemary Vodka.