Infusing Liquor for Homemade Cocktails


By Gabrielle Brost Hoffman and Jordan Gary

Planning to retreat to an outdoor lounge chair for a good part of the summer? Then you’ll certainly need a go-to list of cocktails to have on hand! That’s why our list of fruit (and even vegetable!) infused cocktails are casual enough to sip poolside during the day and can even be dressed up for a nighttime patio cocktail party!

So even if it’s too hot to cook up some of the season’s best produce, don’t worry. You can still use everything from cucumber to lemons and mangos in drinks like lemonade and sweet tea. Just be sure to savor every sweet sip, summer will be over before we know it!

How to infuse liquor:
Use ½ cup fruit (peeled, diced and seeds removed) per 1 cup of liquor and place in a large, airtight glass container such as a large mason jar. Place in a dark, cool place, shake a few times a day, taste periodically and let infuse until desired flavor is reached or fruit has lost most of it’s color. Here is general guide for how long each type of infusion will take and any special considerations:

  • Watermelon Gin: 7 to 10 days
  • Mango Tequila: 7 to 10 days
  • Pineapple Rum: 3 to 5 days
  • Jalapeno Vodka: 2 to 3 hours; infuse by poking 1 jalapeno per cup liquor with fork 3 to 5 times and place whole jalapeno in jar with vodka
  • Lemon Bourbon: 1 to 2 hours; slice ½ lemon per cup liquor into thin slices (you do not need to peel) and place in jar with bourbon

Find delightful recipes using these infused liquors at

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Winesaver wrote:
Well such a splendid recipe. I am sure that it will add the extra flavor at my next party. Thanks for sharing this..Keep posting such splendid ideas...!

Mon, March 24, 2014 @ 12:50 AM

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