Introduction: Vodka Infusions - Soak Technique: Coconut and Mango

Alcohol infusion is a simple technique that can give your booze a delicious flavour without buying artificially-flavoured liquor. It also lets you try anything you can think of.

For this technique, which I'll call "soaking", you simply put a chunky ingredients into the liquor and let it soak for a length of time. Depending on the ingredient, you might let it soak for 4 days or 2 weeks. Other techniques may be faster, but we'll just focus on soaking big, chunky ingredients for now.

The two variations in this Instructable are Mango and Fresh Young Coconut. Fresh ingredients are always best - if you don't want to try mango or coconut, pick another flavour.

In addition, you will need a bottle of vodka and some kind of container. I used mason jars, but you can use regular tumblers or glasses and cover them with plastic wrap.

Step 1: Prepare Your Ingredients: Coconut

For coconut, open your coconut using a knife. Slice off the top, then chop it open. This is difficult to explain, so search on YouTube "How to open a fresh young coconut". Set aside the coconut water (which is very healthy to drink), and scoop out the coconut meat.

Step 2: Prepare Your Ingredients: Mango

Cut the mango into chunks. If you need help with this, there are lots of videos on YouTube.

Step 3: Put the Ingredients Into Your Containers

Pretty easy, right? Don't fill it up too much. Your ingredients will soak up the alcohol, so just use enough to give it the flavour. Put the infusion ingredient in first, then fill up the container with the vodka. Cover the container with the lid of the mason jar, or plastic wrap, then set it aside in a cool, dark place.

I originally meant to make this a Coconut-Mango recipe, but then decided to make them separately before combining them.

Leave the infusion to sit up to two weeks, then strain out the fruit. You can serve the resulting infused vodka on the rocks, mix with soda, or use in a cocktail.

Delicious!

Footnote: A few other flavours I've tried with this technique: cranberries, apples & cinnamon sticks, oranges. There is another technique for ingredients like coffee or peanut butter, but I'll get to that in another Instructable. Have fun!

Step 4: Epilogue: Leftovers?

Bonus: If you've got any leftover mango and coconut, make a smoothie. I added almond milk, a frozen banana, and some vanilla protein powder. It was awesome.

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wilgubeast made it!(author)2014-11-12

Nice work, but your photos are a little on the G side of RGB. What cocktails do you make with these infused vodkas?

Consider documenting that smoothie when we run a new year's resolution competition early next year.

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j%CA%8E%C9%90%C9%B9-%C9%BE made it!(author)2014-11-12

Thanks for the comment! My phone's camera is not very good but I guess my filter just made it worse. Any tropical cocktail would work with these, or even just orange juice and 7up.
Will definitely post the smoothie recipe!

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wilgubeast made it!(author)2014-11-12

Yes! Smoothies! (If you throw in a superfood like blueberries or açai, that may make you eligible for two contests.)

I understand on the camera front. Getting good food photos with a smartphone or old digital camera is tough. If you can crank up the warmth and contrast, it tends to make the photos stand out a bit better. Don't look at my projects for examples of that, though. Check out jessyratfink who is AMAZING at turning iPhone pics into foodporn gold.

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