Ah, the heavenly beet. Romans considered its juices to be an aphrodisiac, Hippocrates advocated its leaves for binding wounds, and even Aristotle probably indulged in the consumption of this purple root. Even without these fun facts, antioxidants, and other health benefits, the beet shakes up the holiday cocktail routine. If you don’t like beets, you might be hesitant to check out this recipe for infused-vodka. Put on that holiday spirit of adventure and try
However, if you have a fondness for this veggie or a daring spirit that’s willing to try this unusually bright root vegetable, you won’t want to miss out on this beet-infused vodka how-to.
Here’s your holiday countdown list:
- At least one week before serving, schedule a day on the calendar to start infusing the vodka.
- Bring home a quart of local craft vodka and a bottle of sparkling wine (such as Argyle Brut Rosé)
- Depending on your preferred cocktail, pick up a bunch of raw whole beets, fresh rosemary springs or small piece of ginger, and fresh lime or lemon at the market
- Make a single recipe of simple syrup and store in glass jar in refrigerator.
The Babushka Cocktail
Lucky for you that beets are available year round, so no excuses. The Babushka Cocktail gets a little sass of bubbles from Italian Prosecco or other sparkling wine and earthy beets become a festive winter libation. Plan ahead to have your version of craft beet vodka ready for the bubbly.
Reprinted with permission from RoseMarried
6 ounces homemade beet vodka, This easy-to-make infusion creates festive cocktails with an intensely deep purple-red hue.
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons simple syrup (*or ginger simple syrup, recipe)
2 ounces sparkling wine
Pour beet vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup into glass pitcher or large measuring cup and gently stir together. Divide between two chilled martini glasses. Gently pour prosecco over the top. Garnish with lemon wedge. Serve immediately.
Photo: erik forsberg via flickr
Bonus: Rosemary Beet Vodka Cocktail
Interpreted from EllieMay
6 oz beet vodka
2 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime
2 teaspoon simple syrup
a few slices of fresh ginger
2 rosemary sprigs, to garnish
Shake the vodka, lime, syrup, and ginger in a cocktail shaker. Strain into chilled martini glasses and garnish with rosemary. To intensify the rosemary aroma, quickly light a match along its needles before dropping into the glass.