WASHINGTON – Headed to the farmers market this weekend? Sure, you can pick up some staples for dinner, but you can also find some ingredients for a refreshing summer cocktail.
Food lawyer and expert Mary Beth Albright says there’s no need to pay a ton of money at the bar for a fancy infused beverage. You can infuse your own liquor at home with produce from the market — and she swears it’s easy.
First, start with a “middle of the road” liquor.
“You don’t want to get anything too expensive because you’re going to be flavoring it, and you don’t want to get something too cheap because with cocktails, as with food, the fewer ingredients you use, the more important it is for the quality of the ingredients,” Albright says.
Next, chose your infusing ingredient of choice. Here are some items Albright recommends:
Here’s how you get started with the infusing process:
“Taste it every day to see if it’s to your liking,” she says. “And when it’s to your liking, you strain the fruit out and there you’ve got a really delicious thing.”
Once the flavors are done infusing, Albright says you don’t need a whole lot to make the fruit-flavored liquors into a cocktail.
“The great thing about these cocktails is that it’s not 800 ingredients that you’re never going to again. It’s maybe the actual infused vodka, a little bit of bitters, rocks, some soda and a lime,” Albright says.