I am on vacation! I have lofty goals for this week including napping in our hammock, light garden work, beach days and blogging. So far I have napped and look at me blogging! Woo-hoo! I am on a roll. As soon as the weather cooperates, I will hit the beach.
A few years ago we let a friend plant a few hops rhizomes around our house. I innocently didn’t think we would have enough for the beer making projects we had planned. So, I planted some more. Silly me. We way more than we can use! Last summer, Evan and I harvested 8 pounds of the suckers! We made a few batches of beer, and a failed attempt at hops infused caramel (too floral), and some hops infused vodka. We gave a lot of the hops away.
The infused vodka was delightful. The hops added a refreshing citrusy bitterness that I enjoyed in my late summer vodka tonics. The medicinal quality of hops is calming and slightly sedative, so this recipe is not for your party cocktail. This vodka and hops infusion is the libation of long warm afternoons spent sitting in the shade dozing with your dog. Sounds like vacation aspirations to me!
It is hop harvest time again. Since I am on vacation and I plan on spending some more solid hammock time reading and napping, a few thirst- quenching hops infused vodka tonics this week will set me right up.