Raspberry Infused Vodka

6 Sep

When we were planning our wedding, I knew that I wanted to give our guests favours as a thank you for attending but I was adamant that I didn’t want to give them something that they wouldn’t use, or worse, wouldn’t like. I also wanted to ensure that the gifts were representative of who B and I are. With all of that in mind, it was pretty clear what our favours would be…homemade heart-shaped sugar cookies, a thank you card with a hand-drawn caricature of us (courtesy of B!) and, the pièce de résistance, raspberry vodka that we infused and bottled ourselves. From the first time I took a swig of this fruity elixir, I fell in love! This recipe is courtesy of a good friend of ours who makes a batch every summer. Hopefully he won’t mind me sharing – it really is too good not to share. By the way, our guests LOVED their favours!

Raspberry Vodka

750ml of vodka
1/2 lemon
4 cups of fresh raspberries
2 cups of sugar

Peel the rind off the lemon half (use a lemon zester if you have one) and add only the rind to a large gallon jar with all of the other ingredients. Cover tightly and store in a cool, dark place. Every four to five days, invert the jar. Continue to do this until the vodka has been infusing for at least one month. Strain the liquid through cheese cloth and discard the fruit and lemon.

Grab yourself a glass and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Best on the rocks or with a splash of soda. Be warned – it tastes like heaven but can induce a hell-like hangover! 🙂


7 Responses to “Raspberry Infused Vodka”

  1. Neil September 6, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    Discard the fruit? Couldn’t that be used in a delicious alcoholic smoothie?

    • greedyguts September 6, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

      I’m sure it could! What suggestions do you have? I just bought a new blender!

  2. Angie September 6, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    What a lovely idea for a wedding favour! Love it.

  3. Mia September 6, 2010 at 7:51 pm #

    Question: did you use a zester to take the lemon skin off and then plop the whole thing in? Or was the lemon juiced with the zest added in? Thanks!! Can’t wait to try it!!

    • greedyguts September 6, 2010 at 8:10 pm #

      Hey Mia 🙂 You just add the skin – not the lemon.

  4. Amy Chapman January 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Is it right for the sugar to settle at the bottom?

    • greedyguts January 29, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

      Just make sure you continue to shake it – it will dissolve soon enough.

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