The Allure of Homemade Hooch

I think we’re nearing the end of the foodie cycle that has stormed DC in recent years (we must be).  Top Chef DC, Georgetown Cupcakes: these shows have helped solidify the fact that cooking shows have jumped the shark.

Poor Julia Child.  She would be aghast (imagine that Meryl Streep expression) to find that cooking shows today don’t instruct; they only entertain.  Mostly they say, Hey, look, something shiny, but don’t try this at home!

But, what you can do at home, and what no one has really made unattainable yet, is brew your own liquor.  I don’t know that I recommend wine, but there’s beer, infused vodka, even mead.  And the best part is that this is a way you can out-make the crafters!  After all, what is a clever needlepoint next to some lavender-infused vodka?

What do you need to start?  Well, first you need a bathtub for your resting place.  Beer, like people (especially this one), needs to rest in order to reach its full potential.  Besides that, you should turn to one of the masters, Alton Brown, for the complicated, complicated process.

Or if you run more toward the sit back and wait school of thought infusing things may be for you.  There are tons of fun recipes out there.  All you do it put two ingredients together and reap all the accolades that will surely come your way when you give out pint jars of home-infused basil and honey vodka.  Start now, you need about two to three weeks.

I only ask that you go ahead and tell others how easy making things can be.  Don’t listen to Top Chef, you can do this at home.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Laura says:

    are you going to do this? let us know the results, surely!

  2. David says:

    I’ve been wanting to homebrew some mead for a few years now. But now you have me thinking about infusing some vodka. i’m thinking a cinnamon, nutmeg, clove vodka sounds very tasty for the holidays. Little tip for infusing vodka: if you are using a cheaper vodka, running it through a brita filtre a couple times can really improve the flavor. just make sure you do that before infusing or you will lessen the flavor

    1. Did you ever infuse any cinnamon vodka? Good tip on the Brita as well!

  3. Jarryd says:

    Cucumber vodka is actually pretty good… or you could just try the skittles vodka.

  4. jkc says:

    could be quite interesting indeed.

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