Tarragon-Mint Vodka

Active Time: 5 MINTotal Time2 HR 25 MIN
Yield: Serves : Makes about  3 cups

This infused vodka boasts a pale golden hue and a bittersweet anise taste. Choose a high-quality vodka for best results, and use in place of Pernod or Absinthe. Recipe adapted from Beyond The North Wind by Darra Goldstein.

Ingredients

  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle high-quality vodka (such as Russian Standard) 
  • 1 large bunch fresh tarragon (about 3 loosely packed cups)
  • 15 large fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey

How to Make It

Step

Pour vodka into a wide-mouth 1-quart jar, reserving original bottle. Strip tarragon leaves from coarse stems, discarding stems. Chop tarragon leaves and mint leaves; place leaves in a small bowl, and stir in lemon juice and honey. Let mixture stand until leaves soften and wilt, about 20 minutes; add to vodka in jar. Seal jar; let stand at room temperature 24 hours. Strain; discard solids. Pour strained vodka into reserved bottle using a funnel. Chill before serving. Store in freezer up to 2 months.

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