Welcome back for the second half of our infusion video. A couple weeks ago we started an infusion with Vodka and lemons (you can check it out here ).
Now we’re going to talk a little more about the detailed infusion process and see if it is done!
The Infusion is Complete!
From the Video:
Why should you always stir your Infusions?
If you do not stir, the liquor that is touching the lemon zest will get the most of the lemon “essence”, while there will be other liquor farther away that isn’t infused enough. Daily stirring promotes consistent flavor infusion throughout all of the liquor.
Why should you keep infusions in a cool, dark place?
Light can expedite the process of ingredients breaking down and deteriorating – and we don’t want that. We want our infusion to stay as fresh and vibrant as possible. For short infusions, this factor won’t be very important, but keeping an infusion in a sunny window for several weeks could certainly impact the final product.
How to know when your infusion is complete:
This part is very subjective! There is no “perfect” infusion time, since different ingredients infuse at different rates and everyone’s tastes and preferences are different. Keep an eye on the infusion and stop the process when you achieve the color and taste that you like. With lemon, you’ll want a nice strong aroma of lemon zest, and you should see some lemon oils starting to coalesce across the top of the surface as well. When I tasted this infusion, I was happy with the results and knew it was time to film this video!
It’s really important to take notes when you’re creating infusions, as with any recipe. If you don’t carefully record how you created it, the infusion will be impossible to replicate when you run out. We included our Infusion worksheet above, which is an easy way to keep track of all of the various factors you can “play” with when designing your infusions. If you share this post, you can have access to the worksheet immediately. If you’d rather not – that’s cool! Just send me an email and I’ll send it over.
We’ll be making Limoncello with this batch next – check it out! Until then, let us know what you think! We’re always looking for suggestions for new videos. If you have questions about Infusions (or anything else), leave a comment and we’ll reply and / or answer in a future video!