There is no better way to brush up on your bartending skills than creating infused vodkas perfect for summer.
Easy for at-home bartenders, infused vodkas can really take a cocktail to the next level, and there are so many flavor combinations to be created. Vodka is a versatile spirit—it plays nice with tons of different cocktails. The blank-slate spirit allows it to take on different flavors and be the tasty base for an infusion. Adding fresh herbs, fruits, veggies, etc., to a vodka can even add some nutrients to your favorite cocktail.
Summertime is all about fresh fruits and flavors. Whether you have extra produce lying around and want to spice up your Martini or you are just looking for a new way to drink your favorite spirit, one of these infused vodkas should do the trick. You don’t need to be an expert to create these either.
Here are three summer-infused vodkas you should try.
Strawberry & Basil
Before summer is over and strawberry season passes, make a strawberry & basil-infused vodka. The freshness that basil brings to the sweetness of strawberries is a match made in heaven. Add this to your next Moscow Mule for a riff on a classic.
- 2 cups Vodka
- 2 cups Fresh Strawberries
- 8-10 Basil Leaves
Preparation: In either a separate jar or the vodka bottle, add a generous amount of chopped strawberries and basil leaves. Give the bottle a shake and allow to infuse for at least three days. The longer it sits, the better the flavor. Once to your liking, strain out the fruit and herbs.
Hibiscus & Rhubarb
If you have never tasted rhubarb, you are missing out. This summer fruit, mixed with the floral hibiscus, is going to make a delicious cocktail base. Take advantage of rhubarb’s short growing season.
- 2 cups Vodka
- 2 cups Rhubarb
- 1/2 cup Hibiscus
Preparation: Add chopped-up rhubarb into a jar with the hibiscus leaves. Fill with vodka and allow to sit for a minimum of four days, shaking once daily. Once the desired color and flavor is achieved, strain out the rhubarb and hibiscus and bottle the infused vodka.
Cucumber & Mint
What a refreshing and beautiful combination! Mint is a versatile herb that can be added to a ton of different cocktails. This infused vodka is delicious with just added sparkling water or even for a riff on a Mojito. The cucumber and mint complement each other in this combination.
- 3 cups Vodka
- 2 cups Fresh Mint
- 2 Cucumbers (sliced)
Preparation: Add sliced cucumber, fresh mint, and vodka into a jar. Allow to sit for up to five days before straining and bottling the infused vodka.