One thing I’m working on, along with infusions and too many other projects, is improving my “table-top studio” photography. I’ve been trying to start simple–glass full of liquid, arrange lighting, shoot, etc. The idea is to generally add layers of complexity. Drinks provide so many factors from garnish to the table to controlling the ice cubes to controlling reflections. It’s fun. It also validates having a drink at 10am if I need to do some “photography.”
The recent sugar post marked an important benchmark. Now we can increase the layers of complexity while also controlling sweetness.
Anyhow, clove! One of my favorite spices–some subtle heat, sweetness, complex. It creates a strong aromatic vodka that is lovely on its own and really shines as an enhancing agent in certain blends.
- 3 cups vodka
- 2 tbsp whole cloves
- Combine ingredients in an air-tight jar and shake well.
- Store in a cool, dark place for 5 days.
- Pour through a coffee filter and store in a cool, dark place for an additional month for best results. Will keep for at least a year after that.
Tips: With many spice infusions, aging for at least a month helps to smooth out the flavors. It is certainly good right away, but be sure to save some for a month later just to see the difference.
Clove vodka is one of my favorites to just sip neat or do as shots (I don’t even care for shots, but usually can make an exception here):
Cloven but not Divided
- 2 oz clove-infused vodka
- .5 oz cardamom-infused simple syrup
Shake both ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass or as 2 shots. Garnish with a lemon wedge or cherry.
- Vodka & Coke
- Cranberry & Vodka (just replace a bit of the vodka)
- With ginger ale or tonic