*** Rinse and dry both fruits. Remove the zest (the colored part of the skin, not the white pith underneath) by using a vegetable peeler to remove in one continuous spiral. Put the zest curls into vodka. Let steep at room temperature for at least 3 days while inverting once or twice a day to mix flavors.
Yield: Makes 1 Fifth.
Other Techniques For Flavoring Vodka:
*** Soak zest (the peel with the white removed) of 1 lemon in a bottle of vodka for three hours. Remove peel and chill. You can also add a small amount of grated lemon peel for texture and a drop or two of yellow food coloring.
*** Add 2 tbs crushed peppercorns to the vodka. Let stand overnight. Strain through cheesecloth and chill. Again, you may want to leave some of the pepper in the bottle for effect.
*** Add 1 tsp anise seeds to the vodka. Let stand 2 hours. Strain through cheesecloth and chill.
Fresh Ginger Vodka
*** Peel a (1 inch) square piece of fresh ginger. Cut 8 thin slices and then cut them in half. Add them to the vodka and steep from 5 to 10 days. Strain if desired.
NOTE: In the case of simply flavoring the vodka rather than exposing it to heat, you may want to use a more expensive vodka since these are made for sipping slowly and require a smoother alcohol base.
Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana