Warm-your-cockles ginger vodka

Warm-your-cockles ginger vodka

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Recipes From a Normal Mum
Makes
350 ml
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David Loftus

Warming, with a little kick at the back of the throat, this is delicious drunk straight from the freezer as an aperitif or in a winter cocktail. Before you start, you’ll need to find a jar large enough to hold your bottle of vodka as well as the fresh ginger. I use a clean preserving jar. Or you could remove a few shots from the bottle and stuff the ginger through the neck. A word on the vodka: the main flavour here will be the warming ginger so let’s not get too precious about buying triple distilled vodka, though if that’s what’s sitting in your cupboard, then so be it.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
35cl vodka
6 cm piece fresh ginger

Method

  1. Firstly, if you’re using a preserving jar, make sure it is as clean as can be. A good scrub with some good washing up liquid and a rinse with scalding hot water should do the trick. Leave to dry naturally, then pour your vodka into it.
  2. Chop the ginger into slices about 2–3 mm thick, leaving the skin on (the skin holds lots of oil and flavour so it helps to make a more fragrant vodka). Drop the ginger into the jar/bottle of vodka. Seal and leave in a dark place for a month, giving it a little swirl every other day. I leave mine in the pantry near the cereals as I know I’ll remember the daily shaking ritual that way.
  3. After a week, taste to test the level of heat and whether you like it. If it’s just right then strain the vodka through a sieve into another container, discard the ginger and bottle the vodka. If you fancy a bit more of a kick then just leave it for another week.
  4. Don’t forget to include a couple of cocktail ideas with the present. From a simple boozy ginger ale (1 shot of ginger vodka topped up with ginger ale and ice), to my Honey Bee Kicker (1 shot of ginger vodka, a tablespoon of lemon juice and a tablespoon of runny honey, shaken up and topped with dry cider).
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