Cinco de Mayo Infusion

Posted: May 7, 2013 in Why buy it when you can make it
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It has been a short while since I threw ingredients into some sort of liquor and I figured that Cinco de Mayo would be the perfect time to try something new.  What better way to celebrate Mexican Independence Day (its was also Pascha, Orthodox Easter) than by infusing some silver tequila.  In case you are wondering why I chose Silver Tequila it is because when using clear liquids, it is interesting to see how the hue changes with the items you are using for the infusion.

The ingredients that I used are as follows:
~ 1.75 Liter Sauza Silver Tequila
~ 3 Clementine Oranges
~ Half of a Fresh Pineapple
~ One Ruby Red Grapefruit

In this particular instance, I decided to use Sauza Silver Tequila and infuse it with Clementine Oranges, Pineapple, and Ruby Red Grapefruit.  Now when using these items, please note that I do not press any of these items as I like to have the flavors naturally infuse into the liquor instead of ‘forcing’ the flavors.  The Clementine Oranges were peeled and broken apart into small slices without breaking the inner skins, dropped into the decanter.  The Pineapple was cut fresh, sliced into one inch thick octogons and placed on top of the orange slices.  Then came the Ruby Red Grapefruit, these things are a pain in the ass, so what I did what was it in half, then take the individual halves, cut them into a square then slice off the remaining skin off the top and dropped those in on top of the pineapple.


After letting the fruit sitting for five days in the tequila, it was unleashed on the party goers…and well received too.  Most people usually will scoff when they hear tequila but you never see anyone shy away from it either.  With this particular concoction, the fruits tooks some of that sharp edge off of the tequila then added a mild citrus bitterness on the back end (kind of like when people do a shot of tequila then follow it up with a lemon wedge, minus the salt).  Needless to say, by the end of the night, there was less than 5oz leftover…not too shabby in my opinion except I have very little left for myself now.

  1. the fuj. says:

    Two Questions: 1) Are people drinking this straight up or mixed? 2) How much liquor do you generally use for an infusion, a 1.75L?

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