Orange-Infused Vodka with Carrot Juice and Clover Blossoms

Orange-Infused Vodka with Carrot Juice and Clover Blossoms

[Photograph: Heather Arndt Anderson]

The natural choice of spirits for a light, vegetal cocktail is vodka. To brighten things up a skosh, I infused crisp Monopolowa vodka with thick swaths of orange zest, removed with a potato peeler (taking care to leave the bitter pith behind). Just pour enough vodka over the orange peel to cover, keep in an airtight jar for a couple days in a sunny window, and you're laughing. Any store-bought citrus vodka will work as a substitute.

Feel free to prep extra juice if you're serving brunch cocktails to a group.

  • Yield:1
  • Active time: 10 minutes
  • Total time:2 days

Ingredients

  • For the Orange-Infused Vodka
  • 3 organic oranges
  • 1 pint good-quality vodka
  • For each cocktail:
  • ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces orange-infused vodka
  • 3 ounces carrot juice
  • 2 ounces fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • fresh white clover blossoms (optional)

Directions

  1. 1.

    To make the orange-infused vodka, peel the oranges carefully with a potato peeler or a paring knife, taking care to avoid the white pith.

  2. 2.

    Place the orange zest in an airtight jar and pour over enough vodka to cover. Close the lid and set in a sunny window for a day or two, then strain into a bottle.

  3. 3.

    For each cocktail, fill a shaker with ice, then add 1 1/2 ounces orange-infused vodka, 3 ounces carrot juice, and 2 ounces orange juice. Shake until frothy and cold, strain into chilled martini glasses. Garnish with clover blossoms if desired.