I have been experimenting with some gin and vodka based infusions. I've prepared sampler selections of several umami (savoury) vodkas and a few unusual gin combinations too. Savoury cocktails are all the rage at the moment - imagine making a bloody mary with a bacon, celery and chili pepper vodka. This is pretty easy to do. You just need a few air tight jars, whatever ingredients you'd like to infuse and your base spirit of choice. Its best to go for a mid range spirit. If you cheap out, the infused flavour won't disguise the poor spirit and at the other end of the scale you're not going to be able to taste an expensive filtered vodka once you've added a touch of fruit.
All you need to do is decide what you'd like to infuse. (See full instructions after the photos)
I choose Absolut vodka and Beefeater gin and concocted the following
Blackberry & Thyme Infused Gin
Raspberry Infused Gin
Apple Pear Ginger Infused Gin
Cucumber & Lime Infused Gin
Rosemary Infused Vodka
Crushed Peppercorn Infused Vodka
Celery Infused Vodka
Chili Pepper Vodka
Bacon Infused Vodka
Just add your ingredients to each jar and fill with your spirit of choice - vodka, gin, rum, whatever you like. Then just store in a dark cupboard. Shake once a day. Taste a sip each night, to see if you've reached what you are looking for. Herbs, fruit and spices all infuse at a different rate, some may take a day, others may take 3 - 4 days. Once you're happy with the taste, just run the liquid through a sieve to remove the fruit and then through a coffee filter a few times. Then re-bottle and store for your next party. There is one additional step with the bacon infusion - you will need to pop it in the freezer when it's done, the fat will go hard, and then you can filter. Repeat the freeze / filter process a couple of times to get a less cloudy bacon vodka.
One thing I would recommend is record everything. You want to be able to recreate the successful ones and tweak the ones that don't work out, so label each jar with the ingredients and quantities inside.
Shout out if you have any thoughts, tips or questions. And let us know how you get one. Have fun.