I have quite the reputation among and far beyond my circles for both my adoration and exquisite palate when it comes to fine wine.
I have a nose.
I have a sense.
And I have a bit of knowledge.
Equipped with all those great things, I also seem to have a radar for the most expensive things in life…EVERYTHING.
Anyway, I’m not much to consume and imbibe on anything else outside of fine wine. I just enjoy the sensation of the fermented fusions – the intricacies and depths of aroma, texture, bouquet, color, and finish, I feel as though I’d rather not waste my time or my palate.
For Christmas this year, though, I decided to expound a bit, though, on my creativity in the kitchen as well as on my patronage at my favorite Wine Gallery. – Thankfully they sell just a few things other than wine…
I wanted something utterly unique, simply playful, and absolutely unforgettable.
Flavored Vodka Shots
Makes 12 1 oz. shots (6 of each flavor)
12 oz. 80 proof vodka
12-18 whole coriander seeds
1 red chili pepper, thinly sliced
peel of 1 lime, thinly sliced (no pith!) into 6 pieces
6 whole cardamom pods
1 small vanilla bean, cut into 6 pieces
2-3 tsp. cane sugar
Divide the coriander seeds among six, 1-ounce glass jar (2-3 in each jar). Divide the pepper slices and lime peel the same way. In the remaining 6 jars, portion out the cardamom pods, vanilla bean, and cane sugar as well.
Fill each jar with 1 oz. of vodka.
Allow the flavors to mingle 4-14 days.
Strain and simply enjoy any way you please.