Merry christmas! I know it’s not the 25th but I couldn’t post these till after christmas as they are presents for family I couldn’t have them knowing the flavours they were getting.
From left to right we have two rows of five sweets/spices, Rhubarb and Custard, Humbug, Blackcurrent and Liquorice, Strawberry Bon Bon, Sour Bubble Gum.
On the front row is; White Chocolate, Sherbet Lemon, Cola Cubes, Cinnamon and Vanilla.
For all these flavours I’ve used 70 – 100gs 0f the sweets to 250ml of vodka.
Ever wondered why Absolut Vanilla has a black x on the back?
It’s because when you cut a vanilla pod in half and you put it in a bottle it cross over like this.
When adding the sweets to the bottles I ran into a problem, the sweets were bigger than the bottle’s neck, luckily I have a hammer!
As much as I love pulverising Rhubarb and Custard sweets the task becomes tedious, the downside to this was sweet shards shrapnel spreading across my kitchen.
Rhubarb and Custard Vodka
Cola Cube Vodka after the sweets were added
Strawberry Bon Bon Vodka
I love the colour of this one pretty pink.
Hammering the sweets proved to be timely so I put the blackcurrent and Liquorice sweets into the neck of the bottle and gently hammered the sweets in.
Blackcurrent and Liquorice Vodka
Sour Bubblegum Vodka
This one smells amazing, I gave it a sample and even without the bubblegum sweets the taste and smell is totally there I’m very excited for this one.
This one smells just like humbugs and I bet it’s deadly.
The White Chocolate Vodka is the hardest one to make as you have to melt the white chocolate using bain marie.
when the chocolate has melted pour in the vodka and mix thoroughly.
Then pour into bottle.
White Chocolate Vodka
This flavour tasted promising at first but it requires further experimentation in order to achieve the result I want.
I used cheap white chocolate which has a high sugar content so after a day there were undissolved sugar bits in the vodka judging from recipes I’ve read it calls to use milk which I recon will make the drink creamer and smoother as well as dissolving the sugars.
The colour looked amazing and the smell was there I thought this one was a winner until I filtered it.
Notice the problem I ran into when I tried filtering the lemon Sherbet Vodka?
The consistency of the vodka was like custard, there was no saving this but it’s been valuable lesson. Fizzy sweets don’t infuse well with vodka.
This was just a cool photo I took.
Filtering the Vodka
All the flavours needed filtering with a cheese cloth except the Sour bubblegum Vodka as the sweets fully dissolved.
Filtering Strawberry Bon Bon
The top of the vodka had this white froth which I’d tried to remove so with this vodka the instructions are shake before use.
Filtering the blackcurrant and Liquorice
Absolutely amazing how the colour of the Humbug came out!
After all my hard work of infusing these vodkas one of the bottles topples over and smashes my heart sank.
The workable flavours from this endeavor were; Cola Cube, Rhubarb and Custard, Strawberry Bon Bon, Sour Bubblegum, Humbug and Vanilla.
White Chocolate, Sherbet Lemon, Blackcurrant and Liquorice and Cinnamon didn’t make the cut.
Sherbet Lemon ended up like custard. Blackcurrant the colours separated so it doesn’t look aesthetically pleasing.
White chocolate has a grainy texture which I’ll work on and Cinnamon was way to strong and bitter, I might add sugar syrup to it to make it more bearable.
All wrapped up for Christmas!