Happy weekend! It’s been a long week, so I felt that a celebration was in order. I’ve been intrigued by infused liquors for a while, and decided that this weekend would be the perfect time to experiment. I love spicy cocktails, so I decided to craft two different options; a Serrano pepper infusion, and a Serrano & mango infusion.
Infusion is a pretty basic concept; essentially, you allow the fruits/veggies/herbs to soak in the liquor of your choice. The preparation is easy, and takes no more than a few minutes. The actual infusion process takes approximately 3-4 days, although some recommend longer. For the Serrano-mango recipe, I recommend combining two Champagne mangos with six Serrano peppers, and using a mid-range Reposado tequila for your base. Store mixture in a cool location within an airtight container ( I thought these Weck jars were perfect), and allow to stew for 3-4 days. In order to achieve the desired flavor balance, sample your infusion every 24-hours. Once it’s to your liking, strain out solids and serve as you like!