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onemorepour
09-11-2013, 17:20
Anyone else here mess about with infusing bourbons for cocktails? I am partial to a bourbon bloody mary and find a bottle of WT101 left in a warm place for a few weeks with a couple birds eye chillis (stems chopped off) jammed in the bottle makes for an interesting experience. What else could work?

darylld911
09-12-2013, 03:15
I don't make many cocktails, but I have played around with different infusions. My favorite so far is peanut/peanut butter - best of both worlds. A few cacoa nibs will also add color and a bitter, dark chocolate note.

squire
09-12-2013, 05:08
What else could work?

Honey roasted peanuts.

imbibehour
09-12-2013, 08:23
I did a Jim Beam Black with blueberries some time ago it was great, it was also fascinating to see how it changed once I bottled and capped it.

Blog write up here: http://imbibehour.blogspot.com/2010/08/revisiting-blueberry-infusion.html


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KwFW4hjdU4

enjoy!

onemorepour
09-15-2013, 02:51
Good ideas, peanuts, JBB and blueberries who woulda thought!
Im workin on an idea for preserved lemons using makers mark and whole cloves for making whiskey sours, im imagining a flaming lemon peel curl being extinguished into the glass as a garnish

theglobalguy
09-18-2013, 19:37
Tonight I loaded a few mason jars with:

- bourbon w/ habanero pepper and garlic
- rye w/ habanero and cashews

At the very least I used up some habaneros from the garden.

Alphanumeric
09-18-2013, 20:00
Tonight I loaded a few mason jars with:

- bourbon w/ habanero pepper and garlic
- rye w/ habanero and cashews

At the very least I used up some habaneros from the garden.

I love bourbon, and I love garlic. But I cringe reading that. I hope that works out better than I envision it. I want it to work out better than I envision it.

LIQUIDWHEAT
09-18-2013, 20:25
I'VE PUT UP SOME CHERRIES IN A JAR. I'll LET THEM GO FOR A WHILE AND DRY THEM OUT TO PUT IN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES, OR DIP IN REALLY GOOD Chocolate for X-mas gifts
GANBEI

Old Dusty
09-19-2013, 04:58
Did a "bacon washed" EW Black for bacon/maple Old Fashioneds. Different and delicious for tailgating especially early games. Like breakfast in a glass.

theglobalguy
09-24-2013, 14:34
I love bourbon, and I love garlic. But I cringe reading that. I hope that works out better than I envision it. I want it to work out better than I envision it.

Sadly you were correct. I made the mistake of searching for ways to use habanero, saw a Vodka infusion and thought...."close enough". Yah, not close enough.

Hey, you don't enjoy life without making a few mistakes along the way. This one just happened to smell like fire and death.

smokinjoe
09-24-2013, 18:07
Every Christmas, I'll dump some candy canes in a half bottle of bourbon. Shake it up a bit, let it sit for a day or so, and it makes for a nice little sipper on a chilly December evening. S'pose I could concoct some kind of cocktail out of this...

Restaurant man
09-25-2013, 05:53
Every Christmas, I'll dump some candy canes in a half bottle of bourbon. Shake it up a bit, let it sit for a day or so, and it makes for a nice little sipper on a chilly December evening. S'pose I could concoct some kind of cocktail out of this...

Or just throw in a little good chocolate. Mmm

smokinjoe
12-17-2013, 11:04
Every Christmas, I'll dump some candy canes in a half bottle of bourbon. Shake it up a bit, let it sit for a day or so, and it makes for a nice little sipper on a chilly December evening. S'pose I could concoct some kind of cocktail out of this...

Well, made my yearly candy came infused bourbon last night. AAA 10 Star. The 10 star has a bit of young spice to it, so I think the pairing should work well.
Maybe take a little Kevin's suggestion and eat some chocolate with it. :yum:

rndenks
12-18-2013, 10:18
I saw there is book out there (Amazon) with some infusion recipe's for all sorts of spirits. It made my Christmas list, so we see if I have been a good boy.

I like instruction for a while before I venture off path on my own. I will let you all know if the book is good. Unless I was deemed naughty this year.

squire
12-18-2013, 10:33
Naughty or nice, both have their rewards.

Enoch
12-26-2013, 11:49
Sadly you were correct. I made the mistake of searching for ways to use habanero, saw a Vodka infusion and thought...."close enough". Yah, not close enough.

Hey, you don't enjoy life without making a few mistakes along the way. This one just happened to smell like fire and death.

I keep a bottle of habanero infused tequila around to make margaritas. They are great.

Enoch
12-26-2013, 11:51
Every Christmas, I'll dump some candy canes in a half bottle of bourbon. Shake it up a bit, let it sit for a day or so, and it makes for a nice little sipper on a chilly December evening. S'pose I could concoct some kind of cocktail out of this...
Tried this the other night and it is great. Even my step-daughter who doesn't like bourbon or peppermint liked it.

TunnelTiger
12-26-2013, 11:53
Gonna give this a try with both Bourbon and rye

Drewsan
01-20-2014, 07:26
At my bar, we infuse Rittenhouse with Pu-Erh tea, which is a fermented varietal. It's quite nice, and provides a terrific base to create from.

squire
01-20-2014, 08:43
Drew have you tried infusions with other tea varieties?

rndenks
06-26-2014, 12:23
I am thinking of doing a series of small batch infusions in the near future. As we all know some bourbon's have very distinctive tastes and profiles that could be paired really well with targeted ingredients for great infusions. I do not want to spend that kind of time right now.

What I am looking for is a decent, non-distinct flavor, well rounded and affordable bourbon to use in a series 375 ml infusions. Right now I am think MM, EW Black or BT. Anyone have any thoughts/suggestions? Thank you in advance.

darylld911
06-26-2014, 14:32
I am thinking of doing a series of small batch infusions in the near future. As we all know some bourbon's have very distinctive tastes and profiles that could be paired really well with targeted ingredients for great infusions. I do not want to spend that kind of time right now.

What I am looking for is a decent, non-distinct flavor, well rounded and affordable bourbon to use in a series 375 ml infusions. Right now I am think MM, EW Black or BT. Anyone have any thoughts/suggestions? Thank you in advance.

I would use EW Black because I think it is well rounded, well made, and very cost effective. Depending upon what you are infusing, I've sometimes used higher proof pours - but still things that don't break the bank (OGD BIB I find to be good for this as well; sometimes I'll use OGD 114). Typically if the flavor of what is being infused will be strong, I'll go with a higher proof so it doesn't over-power it (although that is probably just the lie I tell myself to use higher proof stuff; I should likely just use LESS of what I'm infusing with, and steep it for less time :lol:, but that doesn't feel as fun!)

squire
06-26-2014, 15:23
Evan Williams Black label is my first choice as well. It should add Bourbon character without being covered up by the other components.