Three years after making Limoncello as Christmas gifts I have decided to give infused liquors another try. The family lemon verbena plants are growing out of control this summer and I was trying to figure out what I could make with the sweet and lemony smelling leaves. If vodka infused with lemons makes a good drink vodka infused with lemon verbena should too right? Only one way to find out! After consulting with my friend at the restaurant about proportions, I set off last week to buy some vodka! The guy at the store was skeptical when I brought several liters of vodka to the counter but he wished me luck and I was on my way to making lemon verbena vodka!
Lemon Verbena Vodka
4 cups of lemon verbena leaves (taken off their stems and washed)
2 liters of good vodka (I used grey goose but I’m sure anything not in a plastic handle would do just fine!)
Put the lemon verbena leaves in a 2-3 liter jar. Pour in vodka and stir! Complicated right? Let “steep” for as long as you want. I thought it would take a lot longer for the verbena leaves to infuse the vodka but after two days the vodka smelled like lemon and looked as green as grass -nothing like the limoncello I made that needed to sit for at least a month to fully infuse. I’m sure I could have let it steep for a few more days but the leaves were starting to turn light yellow which to me meant their had given all they could. Time to take the leaves out! I mixed the infusion with soda water and ice and it made the perfect summer drink. Cool and refreshing and satisfyingly home made.
I took a last minute trip this past weekend and escaped to Brooklyn for a great weekend of family, food and cocktails! We had a fantastic dinner at James and fun cocktails at the Clover Club. I don’t have any recipe posts but I have a little photographic tour of the details I saw around Brooklyn instead.
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens A little friend hanging out in the herb garden at the BBG My aunt’s kitchen