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Egg Shen

Lifer
Nov 26, 2021
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3,586
Pennsylvania
Last night it was Old Fitzgerald 11yr. Fall 2021 edition.

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This morning it’s a 50/50 cup of Buffalo Trace bourbon cream and coffee.

Cheers!

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Damn - 50/50 haha. I know what you mean. That stuff is so dangerously delicious. I used to have this stuff mulled back from KY before they sold it here in PA. It quickly escalated from splashing my coffee to drinking a small glass of it chilled, with an ice cube. Truly a delight.
 
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Egg Shen

Lifer
Nov 26, 2021
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3,586
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Titos, rocks
Haven’t been drinking much other than mint water and unsweetened black tea due to all this heat. But I’m sitting on a handle + a fifth of Tito’s. I think today I’ll break the fifth down into some small mason jars and make a few infusions that will ultimately go into some Bloody Marys when my folks visit. The recent balance of sun and rain has my herbs looking super-vibrant. Thyme, basil, Thai basil, chervil, oregano. And by the time my folks visit I should have plenty of tomatoes and hot peppers to create the juice component. I love Tito’s. Best value in vodka probably
 
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Haven’t been drinking much other than mint water and unsweetened black tea due to all this heat. But I’m sitting on a handle + a fifth of Tito’s. I think today I’ll break the fifth down into some small mason jars and make a few infusions that will ultimately go into some Bloody Marys when my folks visit. The recent balance of sun and rain has my herbs looking super-vibrant. Thyme, basil, Thai basil, chervil, oregano. And by the time my folks visit I should have plenty of tomatoes and hot peppers to create the juice component. I love Tito’s. Best value in vodka probably
I used to infuse my own liquor and make liqueurs. If I recall, herbs don't take too long to infuse and can turn bitter fast.

I primarily used fruits, but also made some other concoctions (like a Christmas spice and one with mint).

Didn't realize anyone else on the forum did the same.
 

Egg Shen

Lifer
Nov 26, 2021
1,077
3,586
Pennsylvania
I used to infuse my own liquor and make liqueurs. If I recall, herbs don't take too long to infuse and can turn bitter fast.

I primarily used fruits, but also made some other concoctions (like a Christmas spice and one with mint).

Didn't realize anyone else on the forum did the same.
Thanks for tips Amish. I will checking it every IMG_0891.jpegday starting tomorrow, extracting a sample with an eye dropper. I don’t really like sweet liquor but I could see trying a small batch with my red currants. Do you have an ideal extraction time for an herb-based one? I’d imagine 4-5 days max, possibly less.
 
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Thanks for tips Amish. I will checking it every View attachment 232090day starting tomorrow, extracting a sample with an eye dropper. I don’t really like sweet liquor but I could see trying a small batch with my red currants. Do you have an ideal extraction time for an herb-based one? I’d imagine 4-5 days max, possibly less.
I reviewed my notes (I kept recipes and some tips from a professional on a now defunct food forum that doesn't allow access anymore - what a waste of knowledge, recipes, and stories).

Unfortunately, I didn't keep any notes regarding fresh herbs, but recall the herbs get bitter around 3 to 5 days (so your timing and plan with the dropper is spot on). Then remove herbs and ideally let mature/mellow for about 1 month.

A little citric is needed for balance and other reasons (preservation of color), which doesn't disrupt the flavor. A teaspoon of lemon juice is common since lemon is least likely to disrupt (but lime and grapefruit is common depending on flavor profile(. I always used a pinch of sugar (sometimes white, others brown or a mixture) for balance too, but it is not necessary.
 

Egg Shen

Lifer
Nov 26, 2021
1,077
3,586
Pennsylvania
I reviewed my notes (I kept recipes and some tips from a professional on a now defunct food forum that doesn't allow access anymore - what a waste of knowledge, recipes, and stories).

Unfortunately, I didn't keep any notes regarding fresh herbs, but recall the herbs get bitter around 3 to 5 days (so your timing and plan with the dropper is spot on). Then remove herbs and ideally let mature/mellow for about 1 month.

A little citric is needed for balance and other reasons (preservation of color), which doesn't disrupt the flavor. A teaspoon of lemon juice is common since lemon is least likely to disrupt (but lime and grapefruit is common depending on flavor profile(. I always used a pinch of sugar (sometimes white, others brown or a mixture) for balance too, but it is not necessary.
That’s interesting about the maturation time I didn’t even ponder that. Not a problem though. Could I throw in, say a 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid from my canning supplies, or is fresh lemon preferred? (I also have lemon essential oil if a few drops of that would work). I do not consume sugar so I’m glad that’s unnecessary.

incidentally for a sweeter Tito’s drink pulverize some mint, basil, lemongrass and a cold watermelon into a slushie. It’s like a Slurpee for adults I love it.
 
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That’s interesting about the maturation time I didn’t even ponder that. Not a problem though. Could I throw in, say a 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid from my canning supplies, or is fresh lemon preferred? (I also have lemon essential oil if a few drops of that would work). I do not consume sugar so I’m glad that’s unnecessary.

incidentally for a sweeter Tito’s drink pulverize some mint, basil, lemongrass and a cold watermelon into a slushie. It’s like a Slurpee for adults I love it.
Fresh lemon juice is preferred. I've used the bottled juice when infusing fresh, frozen, and dried fruits without I'll effect. Also, the teaspoon amount is meant for a full fifth, so just a splash is needed when using smaller jars.

Of course, please try longer if the herb flavor doesn't "take" (perhaps a small sample to see the effect after 5 days). Using extracts are almost instant but making your own vanilla extract takes up to a year. You're just looking for a lightish flavor, not juice.

I just seem to recall fruit taking about 1 month, herbs taking less than a week, and jalapeños taking a few hours or a day before providing diminished returns. Then mellow for a month or transform into a liqueur and wait another month or two.