They always say, write about what you know best, and friends, I know how to make a mean mojito. Aren't you proud, Mom?! I decided one way to improve my talent was to start infusing my own rum to make flavored mojitos. But why stop at rum??? I found a bottle of vodka in my apartment and decided to use that up as well... and trust me, if I had tequila, gin or bourbon within arms reach, I would have made that as well.
But, as I was emptying the second bottle of liquor and contemplating making more, I came to the realization that as fun as it is to make, I'm going to have to drink it all at some point. So, unless I start drinking a helluva lot more than I do now, you all may be getting showered in gifts of spirits, which isn't so bad, is it?
It takes anywhere from one week to one month to infuse, depending on your preference for strength of flavor and the ripeness of the fruits, so it takes some forethought. (In hindsight, starting one jar a week is probably smartest, rather than making five in one afternoon.) Making five jars took me no more than fifteen minutes, most of which was taken up washing and cutting my fruit.
The flavor combinations I choose...
- Blueberry Rum
- Strawberry Vodka
- Pineapple Rum
- Mango Rum
- Watermelon Mint Vodka
Here's how to make some of your own!
1. Find the ripest fruit you can. Buy what is in season, which is likely what tastes the best.
2. Choose your liquor! As mentioned, I did vodka and rum, but you could do any liquor you choose.
3. Wash and cut your fruit if necessary. You don't have to cut your fruit up into small pieces, but you do need to remove pits, stems, leaves, etc. Anything you wouldn't normally eat from the fruit needs to go, or it will give off a bitter taste.
4. Bottle it up! Fill your jar with fruit and pour liquor on top, until the fruit is covered. (My jars don't appear filled with fruit, but they were originally. As the juices get extracted, the fruit will shrink slightly and you'll have some extra room in the jars over time.) Screw on lid and place it in a cool dark place, such as a basement or refrigerator. Shake jars every few days. When your happy with the flavor, strain the fruit out and pour the hooch into a reusable glass jar, store in the refrigerator. Do not leave outside the refrigerator, it will spoil!
5. Drink up!