Hey man, there's a beverage here*!
This month's Rock Paper Ingredient challenge was certainly that. A challenge. Thanks to Haydn. He's a good man; and thorough*. I mean, what the ef do you do with maple syrup??
Pancakes*? Check. Bacon? Check. Sugar substitute in baking? Check. It's been done, lovelies.
Then it hit me. Vodka*.
So I infused that shit and within a week I had sweet maple vodka. I was worried though - would it work? Would it be a complete disaster? Would the vodka/maple experiment end up fucking me in the ass*? Then I thought, fuck it. Let's go bowling*.
Turns out, the process couldn't be simpler. Just make sure to use real maple syrup, not corn syrup. There should be one ingredient, and one ingredient only on the label: maple syrup.
This is what happens when you meet a Russian* in Canada my friends. Even Jesus* would be impressed.
*Two points to the person who can name which movie this drink was inspired by.
(printable recipe) - serves 1.
1.5 Oz. Maple Infused Vodka.
1 Oz. Kaluha.
1 C Egg Nog.
5-6 Ice Cubes.
2 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon + Pinch of Cinnamon.
2 Tbsp Sugar.
1 Home Baked Apple Chip for garnish.
What to Do:
To infuse the vodka, dump a mickey of vodka and 1/2 C real maple syrup into a sterile mason jar. Shake. Place in the back of the fridge and ignore it for 2 weeks. Pull from the fridge after those 2 weeks and it should be completely emulsified. Voila!
Mix the sugar and cinnamon together on a shallow plate.
Wet the rim of a glass and gently place in the cinnamon/sugar mixture to rim the glass. Set aside.
Dump the rest of the ingredients as well as the pinch of cinnamon in a jar and shake baby shake. Pour into prepared glass. Serve with an apple chip.
Did you catch the movie references?