Over the last few years my alcohol preference has gone from vodka soda to beer or wine. But for special occassions, I’ve been known to have a cocktail or two. And after being introduced to vodka fruit, I think I’m going to be indulging in more scandalous cocktails more often.
On my trip out to Fire Island this weekend I was pleasantly greeted with a fairly large container of what my friend Mike calls Vodka Fruit. Although this wonderful concoction is bursting with flavors, I was surprised to learn that its merely the combination of two luscious ingredients fresh fruit & premium vodka. Since this incredibly simple recipe was already a success, I became excited by the possibility of enhancing its flavor with other fairly typical pairings like mint, simple syrup, or any number of liqueurs.
But until I test the waters, I’ll stick with the basics:
VODKA FRUIT RECIPE
- One handle of premium vodka such as Grey Goose or Ketel One (DO NOT CHEAP OUT)
- 2 pounds of fresh fruit (strawberries, pineapples, mangoes, oranges, nectarines and watermelon are all good choices. DO NOT use apples as they oxidize and will ruin your fruit mix.)
- One 3-4 quart plastic container
- Wash and cut fruit into bite size pieces and place in plastic container.
- Pour vodka over fruit until the contents of the container is full.
- Let vodka and fruit soak for TWO FULL DAYS prior to eating.
- Enjoy the succulent vodka soaked fruit on day three and the refreshing vodka fruit cocktail on day four.
*Serving Tip: This winning combination is most definitely a crowd pleaser and even makes a nice after dinner drink/snack. I highly recommend serving it at a party or small gathering. Its vital that the fruit soaks for a two day period so that it absorbs as much vodka as possible. And don’t forget to use premium vodka!