The bottle is basically a stainless steel tube with a lid and a bottom-mounted grinder. This cup at the bottom holds the ingredients allowing the pure extracted flavours to travel through a fine-combed mesh screen and infuse the alcohol. Infusing vodka is a great way to enjoy a drink without the excess sugars, artificial sweeteners or mixers that lead to hangovers. You can use the bottle to infuse various spirits but vodka has such a clean taste that it really takes on the flavours of your ingredients. If you're on a health kick you don't need to completely cut out booze, just go for healthier options like this instead. When I worked in Spain we were obsessed with this orange flavoured brandy called Ponche Caballero so I definitely want to try making my own version of that. You can even use carbonated beverages in the infuser bottle such as beer or cider. I love the innovative flavours that Kopparberg use in their ciders so I'd love to invent some of my own. First of all though I wanted to try making my own flavoured vodka as that is the main intended use of this bottle.
Zing Anything give you some great examples of recipes in the instruction leaflet. You can use things like lemons, peaches, cherries, watermelon, cucumber, cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods, honey & mint. The possibilities are endless! I love sweet tasting cocktails so I decided to make some strawberry & pineapple infused vodka. I just chopped up a few pieces of fresh fruit, placed them into the cup at the bottom and then pushed on the lid with the grinder blades. This squashes the fruit down so that the juices can be released into your beverage. The juicier the fruit, the tastier your drink will be. Then you simply screw the cup back onto the bottom of the Vodka Zinger bottle.
The final step is to pour in your alcohol. I was feeling a bit fancy so I went for Grey Goose vodka. You can fill it with any volume of liquid as long as you stop just shy of the top. I filled it about halfway as I wasn't planning on drinking a ton of vodka. As we're using fresh fruit rather than artificial flavours you have to use up your beverage within a week so I'd suggest only making as much as you need. This made about ten single shots. You need to leave some room at the top to help with shaking. To start off the infusion process you need to reseal the cap and vigorously shake your Vodka Zinger bottle. Then you just allow it to steep. The longer the beverage steeps, the stronger the flavour. You could do it for just 20 minutes if you like but I wanted my vodka to be really flavourful so I popped the bottle in the fridge for a whole day. Give it another shake before serving to further improve the taste. When you infuse a clear liquid like vodka it takes on some of the colouring of your fruit so my drink has a pretty pink tone to it. The pineapple added a hint of sweetness but the strawberry flavour dominated. It was really delicious & would go well with just some tonic water or lemonade. I was surprised by how well it works & how incredibly easy it is to use. I can't wait to get making some more yummy concoctions!
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