Everybody seems to be doing infused vodkas this summer. I know BunnyFoot and The Novato Experiment (links, right ->) have blogged about it, and I just saw another one the other day, but I forget who it was.
So Little Miss Copycat Smartypants is joining the hoochparty.
My first attempt was strawberry-infused cheapo no-name vodka. Believe me, the luscious perfume of the berries totally trumped the gaseous odor of the generic giggle juice. And it's "gwudgeous" to boot. Look:
My next attempt is a fennel bud infusion, which I started just this afternoon after a trip to the fabulous little farmers' market in Point Reyes Station for provisions. On the way home we passed fields and fields of ripe, blooming, wild fennel. There has been no noticeable coloring of the vodka yet, so I'm betting it won't turn the lovely shade of yellow I had hoped for. But I'm guessing it will develop a wacky, herbaceous anisette-like flavor.
After that, I'm planning to brew a Meyer lemon rind infusion, and I'm assured by Rae at BunnyFoot that it will turn yellow.
Speaking of shopping for provisions: I'm feeling a little wistful that the Eat Local Challenge month is drawing to a close. But then [slaps some sense into self] I don't really have to quit doing this, do I?