Having a minimal home bar does not mean you can only make a minimal amount of cocktails.
Someone once said that creativity thrives under restrictions and I couldn't agree more, especially when it comes to making drinks. Even if you only have a few quality bottles, there are a lot of things you can do with them. One way to open more possibilities and flavor combinations in your home bar is through infusing spirits with fresh fruits, herbs, teas and spices.
One of my favorite DIY infusions is infusing whiskey with Granny Smith apples and cinnamon sticks for fall parties. It's delicious stuff and fairly simple but infusions can take a little time and attention. There are a lot of variables that can affect the end result: the alcohol content and color of the spirit (clear spirits tend to absorb flavors faster than darker ones), length of infusion time, mass-to-liquid ratio, etc. If you aren't careful, or leave your infusion for too long, you could end up with some funky flavors and completely overpower the spirit you are trying to infuse.
If you have a little patience and creativity, home infusions can be a really fun way to diversify your home bar. However, if I'm going to risk a mason jar's worth of good whiskey getting married to some sort of spice or fruit, it better have a pretty darn good chance of working out in the end (because no one wants to throw away any good whiskey).
Enter Teroforma 1pt infusion system.
This nifty little product is a simple but elegant glass vessel that includes a perforated metal basket and re-sealable walnut cap. Teroforma takes all the guess-work out of the process by providing various infusion blend packets along with easy instructions and precise infusion times.
Teroforma sent me their 1pt Infusion Kit to try out along with a pack of their chocolate blend, which is comprised of cocoa shells, Vanilla Rooibos and Marigold Petals. I had an idea for some sort of Spanish-chocolate cocktail, so I decided to try it out by infusing some quality reposado tequila. The 1pt can infuse 375ml of spirit at a time but the infusion blends come with two pre-measured packets, so you could easily infuse a full 750ml bottle if you want (you'll just have to do the process twice).
I opted to infuse half a bottle of tequila and it was an incredibly easy process. I simply added the infusion blend to the metal basket, filled the 1pt with reposado tequila and waited 4 hours for the spirit to infuse before removing the basket.
I've infused various spirits myself before and have even gotten pretty good at it. However, there has always been something I wished I did differently. Maybe I felt like I let the spirit infuse just a little too long, or maybe my ratio was off. With the 1pt, I didn't have any of those thoughts.
The final result was a delicious, chocolate infusion that wasn't too sweet or cloying and tasted amazing even on its own. It didn't overpower the spirit at all, rather the infusion blend added balanced and complimentary flavors to the tequila– exactly what you want from a good infusion.
I still enjoy some of the "risk" involved with DIY infusions and would encourage you to try out some of your own. However, the 1pt definitely does make the process so much easier, and essentially guarantees you a good result every time. Honestly, when you're working with costly spirits, that consistency is pretty clutch!
This post was sponsored by Teroforma. However, I only agree to working with a brand after I personally try their products. I will always be honest with you and only promote products I genuinely appreciate!