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Blueberry and Cinnamon Infused Spirits

Create your own signature Christmas cocktail by using infused spirits.   It makes for a great hostess or holiday gift! 

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle vodka or rum 750 ml
  • 1 quart of fresh blueberries or 2 bags of frozen blueberries
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1/4 cup of filtered water

Equipement

  • 1 glass jar
  • 1 muddle
  • 1 fine mesh metal strainer optional coffee filter and basket

Instructions

How to make infused spirits

  1. Place blueberries in jar (thaw first if frozen) and mash with muddle.

  2. Pour in vodka (or white/silver rum if you prefer).

  3. Let it sit in a cool, dark place for 4 days to work it's magic.  It should strongly smell of blueberries! Yum.

  4. Add cinnamon sticks.  Store for additional 1-2 days.  When you can smell the cinnamon, it's ready.

  5. Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer, removing blueberries and cinnamon sticks.  Store in an air tight container.

Simple syrup recipe (1/4 cup per 750 ml of diffused spirits)

  1. Bring 1/4 cup water to boil.

  2. Add 1/4 cup of turbinado sugar, stirring until all sugar dissolves.

  3. Remove from heat and pour directly into infused spirits.

Recipe Notes

Enjoy your infused spirits on the rocks or mix it in cranberry juice or sparkling water. 

IMPORTANT! Do not press berries for more juice.  Alcohol diffuses all flavor so there's no need to. 

Optional step:  Some particles may not strain but you can remove them by straining again through a coffee filter.

Add simple syrup (or honey) to sweeten and dilute it if it's too strong. 

Garnish your drink with cranberry ice cubes and fresh blueberries with cinnamon sticks.