What do you pickle in the middle of winter? I want something fresh and bright, but not if the produce is shipped from 5000 miles away. Inspiration came in a bottle of home-brewed stout combined with onions, vinegar and spices. Viola. Winter pickles.
Bourbon barrel aged ginger rum is spicy and smooth with a smoky caramel finish. And while you don’t have to age it in a mini barrel (it tastes pretty darn good raw), the barrel aging makes the rum taste amazing.
Local Minnesota Summercrisp Pears soaked in vodka for 3 months, results in a vodka with a pretty pink brown hue that tastes like pear heaven, sweat, floral and delicious. But you can make this easy infusion with any ripe pear you have on hand.