The Golden Ratio For Infusing Your Own Flavored Liquor At Home

Infusing your own liquor with delicious flavors is comparable to becoming a master mixologist in the comfort of your home. And guess what? There's a golden ratio that'll take your creations to the next level. It's a simple 1:3 formula — one part flavoring agent to three parts liquor. Flavoring agents are just fresh fruits, aromatic herbs, and zesty spices used to create endless combinations like hot peppered tequila, coconut rum, or even figgy bourbon. Start by choosing the perfect base liquor. A vodka is a versatile option, while rum or whiskey can add certain complexities. Our pro tip: Get to know your base alcohol first. For example, Brandy goes well with fruits like cherries and apples, while Gin pairs nicely with pears. Alternatively, you could explore a more herbal infusion with Gin, like Basil or Fennel. 

Keep in mind that the alcohol content can play a part in a better extraction. For a stronger extraction, just use a higher-proofed alcohol. Once you have your base, it's time to choose your flavoring agent. Opt for fresh, high-quality ingredients, and make sure to wash fruits thoroughly and lightly crush herbs or spices to release their essence. Then, just apply the ratio; Let's say one cup of fresh berries with three cups of whatever spirit you choose or vice versa. Just mix and repeat. Adjust the quantities based on your desired intensity, and your infusion is ready to go.   

Common mistakes everyone makes infusing liquors

Infusing liquors can be an exciting adventure. Still, even the best of us can stumble. First on our list of mistakes is not keeping your mixture in a cool dark place away from sunlight. According to Wine Enthusiast's Dr. Bill Lumsden, if stored improperly, air and heat can cause some serious issues like the evaporation of the alcohol, which causes oxidation and rancidity in the mixture. Additionally,  not straining the liquor through a fine mesh or cheesecloth to remove any solid particles can affect the overall texture and taste of your infusion.

The biggest mistake of all, though, is not exercising patience. Infusion typically takes around 5 to 7 days, but the exact time can vary depending on the ingredients and desired intensity. However, if you're looking for a quicker infusion, you can use ingredients like hot peppers. Depending on the type of pepper, you can get an infusion in up to 2 hours, but if left too long, the blend can become overly spicy and undrinkable. Remember, balance is the key to a perfectly infused libation.