The other day, I (Mr. P&F) was looking at our bar, which is really just the top of our bookshelf, and realized that some of the bottles have been in our possession for quite a while. This led me to wonder what could be done with this collection. After some thought, it sounded like a great time to infuse alcohol of my own. Infusion is the process of adding additional flavor to the alcohol. A great way of doing this is by using different fruits to add the desired flavor. I decided to try it out on my near empty bottle of Johnnie Walker Red Label scotch. It’s common and relatively cheap scotch. If you’re not familiar with the scotch taste, it’s known for it’s smokey taste. Let’s get started with the scotch infusion process.
Things you’ll need:
1 Orange (clementine, naval, etc.)
Whole cinnamon sticks
Mason Jar (or other sealed container)
The first thing that you’ll want to do is to get your orange cut into slices. It doesn’t particularly matter how you do it, but I wouldn’t recommend cutting too thick. It will make it harder for the alcohol to reach the center of the orange slice if it’s too thick.
Take your mason jar and start adding in your orange slices. The mason jar I used was 16oz and I added 1/2 of the orange. That seemed to fill the jar pretty well. Next, add in your whole cinnamon sticks. I added three sticks that were about 4″ long. Cinnamon sticks will give the nice spice flavor that we’re looking for. Cinnamon powder will not work well, so do yourself a favor and pick up some whole sticks from the store. Here’s what you should be looking at so far.
After about three days, open the jar and take a taste test. I immediately noticed an increase in flavor after day three. I continued to let it sit for about a week in total. When draining the jar, simply use a coffee filter or cheesecloth. If you have a pour over coffee cone as shown in a previous post, it works great. The filter did require a bit of squeezing though to speed up the drain.
I have to say that I was very impressed with the final product. With it being the first time that I tried it, I was a bit skeptical. However, I thought it tasted great. The orange and cinnamon spice really complemented the scotch and toned down the alcohol. Just keep in mind that it’s not going to taste like juice, and that’s not the goal here. The goal is to add additional flavor to your drink of choice. I thought it went well enough to try a couple more infusions. Those will be up in the coming days, so stay tuned!