Vodka Recipes: Buddah’s Hand Infused Vodka

by Pamela

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It was recently brought to my attention that I haven’t done an infused vodka in a while.  I hadn’t realized that anyone had been paying that much attention to the types of alcohol posts that I was writing.  Plus, I thought that I had been doing the infused cocktails quite a bit.  Imagine my shock when I looked back and found that my most recent infusion was an infused whiskey cocktail and the last infused vodka recipe that I posted was for infused cherry vodka way back in July.  Well slap my drunk ass and send me to bed without a cocktail. <pout>

This post will surely rectify this egregious oversight on my part (I hope).


A Gorgeous Buddah's Hand

A few weeks ago I received a gorgeous Buddah’s hand and Asian pear from Melissa’s Produce.  Buddah’s hands are not the easiest things to find. I know…I went on a very fruitless (pun intended) search last year for them.  They are available at farmer’s markets, Asian grocers, and at some better grocery stores.  Buddah’s hand is part of the citron family of fruits, but is unusual in that there isn’t any ‘fruit’ inside its peel.  In fact, its value lies in the peel.  It’s very fragrant and is commonly used as a fragrant decoration in homes this time of year.  It smells a lot like lemons with a hint of flowers to it.

There are culinary uses of the Buddah’s hand too.  You can break apart the fingers, and you’ll find that the soft white insides look a lot like the pith of a lemon.  However, the Buddah’s hand pith is not as bitter as that of the lemon.  So you can actually use some of the pith in your recipes and not worry about it being ruined due to bitterness.  You can candy the peel, just like you would lemon or orange peel.  You can also chop it up and use it in a vinaigrette or sprinkle the zest onto desserts.


Infused Vodka Waiting to be Made Into Cocktails

I wanted to capture the flavor and aroma of this exotic beauty in an infused vodka.  But I didn’t want my infusion to taste like Limoncello.  I wanted something unique to add to my vodka recipes collection and to have something special that I could give as gifts.  Since I received the Buddah’s hand and Asian pear at the same time, I thought I might make an Asian influenced infused vodka.

As far as vodka recipes go, I think this might become one of my favorites.  Instead of leaving it in its infused state, I added a simple syrup to it to create more of a sipping liqueur.   There’s no mixing required to make cocktails from this.  It works deliciously all on its own.  Of course, you could always add some ginger spirits and maybe a touch of orange for some cocktails that would rock your friends worlds.  But sipping on a really chilled glass of this infusion would definitely make for a nice evening.

By the way…you still have time to make this infused vodka in time for gift giving.  You only need 2 weeks to complete the infusing process.  So what are you waiting for?

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Confidence level and failing as it pertains to getting her exactly what she wants for Christmas do not equal if you don’t ask her explicitly what she would like.



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Ian "Mak" Makay December 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm

You and I were just chatting about Buddah’s hand recently. Taking the hint and going to find some to play with.

Oh … Consider *it* slapped.

BigFatBaker December 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Ooh very cool! I just recently learned about Buddha’s hands and can’t seem to find them anywhere! I bet this would be super tasty after a big Xmas dinner. Thanks for sharing!

Pamela December 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm

If you can’t find them where you are, you can order them directly through Melissa’s. Being (originally) from Cleveland, I feel your pain when trying to source ‘different’ kinds of produce. Maybe you could get some friends to go in with you on a larger order to help defray shipping costs.

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