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Buddha’s Hand Vodka

Buddha’s Hand Vodka

 Winter time means citrus season, my favourite of all the fruits. And citrus means Buddha’s Hand citrons! I never knew about these until I became a Produce Manager, now I count down the months until I have them in store.

The day the Buddha’s Hand arrived you could smell its amazing aroma long before the box was found amongst all the produce. The entire warehouse was engulfed in the most amazing lemon smell. If you have never seen a Buddha’s Hand they are like no other fruit out there.

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They do not contain any juice or seeds, and the white center is not bitter like you would find on other kinds of citrus. They are prefect for zesting and you would use them anywhere where you would use lemon. I am thinking I will candy some, similar to how I did the grapefruit rind. And some Buddha’s Hand salt is in order. A Buddha’s Hand salt rimmed margarita sounds fantastic!

The strong lemon scent seemed a classic fit with vodka.  The end result is a magnificent flavored spirit that you could drink on the rocks or mixed with club soda for a refreshing cocktail.

 

Buddha’s Hand Vodka

1 Buddha’s Hand Citron

2 cups of your favorite vodka

Wash the Buddha’s Hand well.

With a zester zest yourself 2 tablespoons of the Buddha’s Hand.

Place the zest in a mason jar along with one finger from the fruit. Seal and place in a dark cupboard. I gave mine a shake every few days.

Allow to sit for 30 days.

 

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Strain using a fine mesh screen strainer.

Because Buddha’s Hands are only available in the winter these would make fantastic cocktails for New Years Eve. Start a jar at the beginning of December to have it ready for ringing in the New Year!

Buddha’s Hand Cocktail

2 ounces of Buddha’s Hand vodka

splash of Club Soda

1/4 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of lemon juice

lemon slices to garnish

 

Place the sugar on a small plate.

Place the lemon juice into a small bowl.

Dip the rim of the glass into the lemon juice then into the plate of sugar making a nice rim on the glass.

Using a shot glass pour a 2 ounce shot and careful pour it into the sugar rimmed glass. Add a splash of Club Soda.

Garnish with a slice of lemon.

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Strawberry Vodka

Strawberry Vodka

Strawberry Vodka! Now that sounds spectacular!

This little gem was making its way around Twitter about 2 weeks ago.

I first spotted it on David Lebovitz’s blog ~ living the sweet life in Paris.

I knew immediately I had to try it.

I followed the same direction as David, letting mine sit for 5 days.

You will need a 2 pound clamshell of berries, 2 large jars and one 750 ml bottle of vodka.

I admit I grabbed the Absolut Vodka strictly for the nice clean bottle.

Now that I have tasted the finished product I do not think the type of vodka will affect the final flavor.

 

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The strawberries are very pale so it is time to strain the fruit from the alcohol.

I used coffee filters to get a nice clean finished vodka.

 

Straight is nice on ice though I prefer it mixed with a splash of Club Soda.

The touch of sweetness from say 7 Up would be a nice addition.

The strawberry flavor is very prominent and it has a nice smooth finish.

 

 

 

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Homemade Vanilla.

Homemade Vanilla.

There are so many reasons why you should make your own vanilla.

Its easy.

Too easy to NOT make.

You get a nice big bottle!   (if you bake as much as I do, this is a good thing.)

It looks very cool on your counter!!!

You’ll be saving money.

Unless you have been using imitation vanilla extract, which is bad, it is cheap because it is full of chemicals.

Real vanilla is expensive, and for good reason. The vanilla bean goes through a very specific,  long and  labor intensive  process before it ever becomes the extract we use.

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Now I decided to use vodka.

It has no taste so the flavor will be pure vanilla. Which is what I prefer for baking with.

As for homemade vanilla recipes, I have seen many, many really BAD recipes.

None of them use enough vanilla beans.

You are making vanilla, not vanilla flavored vodka.

After doing more research on the matter I located a formula which works.

And it also happens to be the law.

The USDA requires at least 35% vol. of alcohol and 13.35 ounces of pod per gallon which is roughly 8-11 pods per 250ml.

My bottle of Belvedere is 750 ml so I have used, 16 beans per bottle.

Yes, 16

All in all, my BIG bottle of pure vanilla magic cost $80.00

It is worth every penny!

Homemade Vanilla.
 
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Recipe type: Preserving
Cuisine: spirits - condiment
Ingredients
  • 1 bottle of vodka
  • vanilla beans
Instructions
  1. You will need to pour out about a ¼ cup of the vodka from the bottle to make room for the vanilla beans.
  2. Using a sharp knife, slice the beans from tip to tip and place into the bottle of vodka.
  3. Replace the cap and give the bottle a good shake.
  4. Within the hour the vodka should be a nice amber color.
  5. By hour 3 it will start to take on a nice redish hue.
  6. Go and pop it into a nice dark closet and forget about it.
  7. Everyone once in a while, stop in to give it a sniff, cause you know you want to!
  8. And a good shake.
  9. But be forwarned, magic does not happen over night. Infact the longer you can let it sit, the better it will be.
  10. I left mine hidden for 1 year before I pulled it out

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Gorgeous isn’t it!

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It has a nice rich, warm aroma, with just a little hint of alcohol.

It is the nicest vanilla I have used.

And there is a bonus when you have vanilla beans…………………..

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You can make vanilla sugar!!!!

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