Cocktail Corner: Lebkuchen Vodka

lebkuchen-vodka-steepingIt’s September, but I’m already thinking about Christmas. For the past couple of years, I’ve been trying to come up with a good Christmas cocktail to share with my in-laws when they come to Rockville for the holidays.

My father-in-law is from Austria, so Lebkuchen is a staple Christmas gift in our household. A couple of years ago, I had the idea of coming up with a cocktail using Lebkuchen flavors. My wife, who is a genius, had the idea of infusing vodka with spices to create the base of the cocktail. Here’s what we did.

Ingredients

1 liter of potato vodka

1 cinnamon stick

1/2 of a nutmeg nut

6 cloves

6 cardamon pods

2 star anise pods

Instructions

Add the spices to the bottle and steep in a refrigerator. Move the spices around the bottle every now and then to circulate them around the vodka.

Once the vodka is sufficiently infused (at least one month), remove the spices.

lebkuchen-vodka-finishedI use potato vodka because I think it has a richer texture than grain vodka. I may be imagining things, but run with it. I’ve been using a Polish vodka called Luksusowa, but at some point I need to hit up Twin Valley.

Anyway, the vodka begins to take on the flavors of the spices after a couple of weeks, but the longer you keep the spices in the bottle, the stronger the flavor. I’ve found that infusing the vodka for three months is optimal. So that’s why I’m thinking about Christmas in September.

Come back in December and I’ll share the recipe for the cocktail.