Step 1: Required Ingredients/Materials
8 oz Mason Jars
Svedka Vodka (At $17 for about a gallon, it was the best choice)
Now, you can use more expensive vodka if you feel so inclined. I didn't think it was necessary, since I was flavoring the vodka. And no one complained about it when they were put into jello shots. if you're making these for gifts or for a fancy get together, you might want to shell out the extra cash, but it didn't make sense for my purposes.
I made a variety of flavors, and these were the ingredients I used:
Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate
Step 2: For Fresh Vegetables and Fruit
I used a whole jalapeno in an 8 oz mason jar, and I've been told that this made very spicy vodka. If you're using larger mason jars, you might want to use the whole jalapeno, but for more intense flavors--like jalapeno and spicy peppers and other materials, you might want to not add as much.
For milder flavors, like cucumber, I cut about a half-dozen slices and put them in the cup. For two 8 oz jars, I used about 2/3rds of a cucumber, and that seemed to be enough.
Step 3: Pre-Processed Fruit
Step 4: Herb Flavoring
For the green tea, I simply inserted the package of green tea into the Mason Jar as if I were doing regular steeping, and left it for the entire time infusion process.
Step 5: Chocolate
This seemed to work really well with about a palmful of chocolate in the bottom of the glass, covered in vodka.
Step 6: Final Steps
For all of the ingredients I listed, I suggest about five days to a week of curing in a darker area of the kitchen--no direct sunlight. Afterwards, I used a fine mesh strainer to separate the physical ingredients from the vodka/rum.
I wouldn't leave the materials in there much longer--I've been told it causes the vodka to 'turn' and can affect the tastes. Since I immediately used these materials for jello shots, I have no personal experience, but I would suggest separating them.
For lighter ingredients like the mint, less time infusing is probably wise. About 3 days should do it.
Feel free to ask me any questions you may have!
(Side note, Jalapeno Vodka and Mango Jello? Super popular jello shot)