This weekend try your hand at an old Swedish tradition: Aquavit. My recipe for Citrus-Infused Vodka combines the bounty of winter fruit for a delicious, homemade spirit. Combine with seltzer for a quick cocktail after it’s finished steeping. It’s also delicious on the rocks with a wedge of any of the fruits. While the flavors infuse, I leave the jar in the middle of my table for a striking and colorful centerpiece.
Cooking time: 5 mins
Total time: 2 weeks
One 1-inch piece ginger, peeled
1/4 cup sugar
2 kaffir lime leaves
2 limes, each cut into 6 wedges
1 pink grapefruit, thinly sliced
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced
2 kumquats, each cut in half
2 mandarins, peeled and divided into sections
2 quarts potato-based vodka
1. Combine the ginger, sugar, and lime leaves with 1/2 cup of water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool.
2. Place the lime, grapefruit, orange, lemon, kumquats, and mandarins in a clean 3-quart glass jar. Add the ginger-sugar syrup and vodka. Cover and let sit at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks. Strain and discard the solids. Store in bottles.