Chanterelle Infused Vodka

April 14, 2011

Author Notes: A while back an acquaintance of mine had a vodka infusing party. One of the vodkas he made was a chanterelle infused vodka. Chanterelles have a lovely fruity, earthy fragrance often equated with apricot or pumpkin. The have a lovely complex flavor - a little fruity, a little peppery, a little earhty. They are a great beginner mushroom for hunting in Oregon - easy enough to find, fairly easy to identify, and not prone to maggots like some mushrooms (boletes I'm talking about you!) For my version of chanterelle infused vodka I've added a few aromatics to enhance some of the chanterelles characteristics - some vanilla and star anise to accentuate the fruitiness and add a subtle sweetness, and some black peppercorns to add to the natural pepperiness. I've used dried chanterelles because fresh are out of season, and because they produce a clear vodka. (Fresh ones can be used, but the resulting vodka will be cloudy, and you will need to add about 4 oz.) I confess I've not come up with a cocktail to use this in, but I think vodka lovers will enjoy sipping it straight. It has a fruity & earthy nose. The forward taste is slightly sweet chanterelles, and it finishes with a little peppery bite. hardlikearmour

Makes: 1 bottle

Ingredients

  • 750 milliliters bottle of 80 proof vodka (not top shelf, but something decent)
  • 1 ounce dried chanterelles
  • 1/2 vanilla pod
  • 1/2 star anise pod
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns, slightly crushed
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a quart sized jar. Set in a cool, dark place. Shake mix every day or so. Taste vodka after 3 or 4 days, if the peppery bite hasn't started to come through yet continue to infuse another day or 2. Strain with a fine mesh sieve or through cheesecloth and store in the original vodka bottle, or a fancier bottle if you've got one.

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Reviews (10) Questions (0)

10 Reviews

scurl October 26, 2013
try using half chanterelle infused vodka, half regular vodka in a bloody bull. that's good stuff right there.
 
wohughes January 29, 2013
the liquor has a full bodied chanterelle flavor ... add heat (like making a sauce) the the chanterelle flavor vanishes.
 
checker April 19, 2011
What a neat idea! I have never tried infusing, but I am interested in it. Have you tried it with Sweet Vermouth?
 
Author Comment
hardlikearmour April 20, 2011
I'll have to try a chanterelle martini w/ sweet vermouth, and let you know how it tastes!
 
Midge April 18, 2011
What a great idea and I love the star anise and vanilla additions. I'm infusing some vodka right now with rhubarb, but chanterelles, wow.
 
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hardlikearmour April 19, 2011
Thanks, Midge. I think it turned out really well, and when I get a bit of time I'm going to try making a vodka cream sauce with it.
 
gingerroot April 14, 2011
I really love the flavors you have here. So creative, and I bet it tastes amazing.
 
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hardlikearmour April 14, 2011
Thanks, gingerroot! I'm pleased with the flavor.
 
mrslarkin April 14, 2011
Very cool idea, hla. Well done! How about a Chanterelle Vodka Sauce over pasta or gnocchi?
 
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hardlikearmour April 14, 2011
Thanks, mrslarkin! Good idea! I think a cream-based sauce would work. Maybe I could figure out a way to incorporate the vodka soaked mushrooms as well.