Making flavored vodkas is simple, and it's far more economical than purchasing fancy brands. For the best flavor, use fresh, ripe berries and let the fruit macerate in the vodka for the entire week the recipe recommends.Keep flavored vodkas in the refrigerator or freezer; they're at their best icy cold.
|3 cups||fresh raspberries (picked over)|
|1||vanilla bean (split lengthwise)|
|2||star anise pods|
|1||strip of lemon peel (yellow part only) (1/2 inch wide by 1-1/2 inches long)|
|1||750 ml bottle good-quality vodka|
Mash the raspberries roughly with a fork to break them up. Place the berries in a clean, one-quart glass jar and add the remaining ingredients, stirring to blend. (Save the empty vodka bottle unless you have a decorative decanter for the final product).
Cover and refrigerate the mixture for one week. If you don't have a glass container large enough, you can divide the mixture into 2 smaller jars.
After allowing the berries and spices to macerate in the vodka for one week, strain the mixture through a fine sieve, discarding the seeds and spices. Pour the raspberry vodka back into the original bottle or into another vessel. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.