The Mixology Talk Podcast, Episode Thirty Five

This week we’re talking about some DIY ingredients that are super simple – no unicorn tears required!

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In today’s Episode…

We’ve made our fair share of cocktail ingredients that you can only find in fancy cocktail bars, but that doesn’t mean we’re against making your own stuff!

Today we’re going over a couple super easy things that you can create cheaply at home, and which will give you a ton of fun flexibility with your cocktails.

1. Flavored Simple Syrup

Chris makes flavored simple syrups ALL the time. Flavored syrups are a great way to personalize a cocktail without breaking the bank.

They are also a great place to start, because if you ruin a batch you won’t lose anything expensive – just a bunch of table sugar, water, and whatever you were flavoring with.

Here are some resources to help you get started:

2. Infusions

Infusing different flavors into alcohol is another easy DIY project, but it’s definitely more expensive than working with Simple Syrup.That’s because you’ll typically be using vodka or overproof spirits for your infusion.

While it’s fairly easy, here’s a couple of things that you might want to keep in mind:

  • Different ingredients infuse at different rates.
  • Know the strength or proof of your infusing liquid.
  • The size of the item you’re infusing matters.
  • Make sure that the item you are infusing is totally covered in alcohol.
  • Keep the infusion in a cool, dry and preferably dark place.

Here is a lot more detail on how to do a vodka infusion at home: How to Infuse Vodka at Home Part 1Part 2

3. Tinctures and Bitters

Tinctures and bitters are both just very strong infusions, typically used in very small amounts. The difference between Tinctures and Bitters is that bitters always have a bittering ingredient, making them taste bitter.

I think tinctures are a great DIY project to make at home, because they aren’t much more difficult than a “normal” infusion and can actually be cheaper since you’re typically using less volume of spirit.

Bitters can be made at home too, but be careful: some natural bittering ingredients can be dangerous in large doses. So do your research first!

Want to see what happened to all of my Spice containers? Here’s Chris’ Flavor Library!

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Add a ton of flavor to cocktails by creating your own infusions, tinctures or bitters. It’s a great way to personalize your cocktails without having to spend your life savings at the local liquor store!

What are you making at home? Let us know in the comments!

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