wanted to share a quick gift project i made last weekend - infused vodkas! i gave them to friends as new year's gifts during our first game night of 2011. i think new year's gifts instead of christmas presents are nice since you have time to make them after things have settled down.
martha stewart magazine (which isn't online yet). i chose three infusions: lemon + fennel for vodka tonics, celery + bay leaf for bloody mary's; and coffee bean + hazelnut for white russians.
celery + bay leaf
1/2 celery stalk + 2 celery leaves + 1 dried bay leaf. infuse for 2 days.
coffee bean + hazelnut
4 coffee beans + 2 tablespoons toasted hazelnuts. infuse for 3 days.
fennel + lemon
2 sprigs fennel fronds + 2 thin lemon slices. infuse for 2 days.
store in a cool, dark place and shake occasionally. strain before serving. can keep at room temperature for one month or in the freezer for two.