I’m not a huge drinker, but I do love a cocktail. My favourite, a Manhattan, I attempted to make for myself way back in January with mixed results. Thankfully, I’ve gotten a lot better since then, and after spending most of the year inside, I’m pretty much now a professional. One thing I’ve never done is used any sort of flavoured alcohol in my cocktails, or any I’ve made myself. I did attempt to grow some juniper berries to make my own gin, but the less said about that the better.
My mum has had success making her own limoncello with simply lemon, sugar, vodka, and time and assured me it was very simple to do. Although I like limoncello in Italy, I couldn’t see myself drinking it at home anytime soon, so I decided to go for something a bit less sweet and a lot more festive and make some clementine vodka.
My idea is to let it infuse for a few weeks so I can have a clementine martini at Christmas: something festive and seasonal to celebrate the holiday season. I followed this rough guide and filled my jar half full with chopped clementine pieces, and topped it up with vodka. Simple! The guide says to leave it for a week, but I’ll taste it and try a bit longer, I’d like a really orangey flavour when I try it.
This took all of 10 minutes, and I hope it pays off – only time will tell!