Friday, September 7, 2012
In a continued quest to use up the weird stuff in my pantry, I discovered a bag of juniper berries the other day.
Juniper is what makes gin taste like gin. Juniper berries (dried) are often used with meat--say, ground up with other spices and used to coat a pork loin. At work, there's a drink made with vodka and a sage and juniper syrup. I decided to make a juniper-infused vodka and see what happened.
I emptied all the juniper berries into a jar and added vodka. I let it sit for a few days. The end result--surprise!--smelled and tasted almost exactly like gin.
I may create a new cocktail with it; I may just use it as gin.
I also recreated a batch of last year's Concord grape-infused vodka.