Monday, January 17, 2011

The Process

Step 1: Squeak it clean.
We used piping hot water and the finest soap to ensure extreme cleanliness.

The rather large tub is gently scrubbed with the utmost care.

Step 2: assemble ingredients to form the mis en place. In this case we have used Organic Medjool Dates, Madagascar Vanilla and our favorite infusion vodka; Svedka.

Step 3: Place the ingredients in the vodka.
It really is this simple.

Step 4: Done.

Bottling and filtering are the final step but we must wait a short period of time until it is just right.!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Phoenix dactylifera

Last week two new vodka infusions were introduced: date and vanilla. Surprisingly date was overall favored by tasters. We decided to proceed with infusing vodka with dates.
Apparently there are no real appetizing photos of dates on the internet. So, I found this photo of dates pre-sun before they get shriveled up and look like a fat raisin. Dates (latin name Phoenix dactylifera) are an important traditional crop in Turkey, Iraq, Arabia and north Africa west to Morocco. Dates are also cultivated in southern California, Arizona and southern Florida in the United States. According to a study, "dates may be considered as an almost ideal food, providing a wide range of essential nutrients and potential health benefits." With that we decided to infuse it in vodka. 

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Results Are In!

Here are the terribly scientific results from the last vodka tasting. Our special friend decided to draw pictures that represented how he felt about the vodka flavor.  It seems that pear came out on top but, we've got a brand new recipe that we're working with and will be posting with more information soon.