I tried infused tequilas a couple of years ago when Charlotte and I were down at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. I have to tell y'all, I fell HARD for this stuff.
After dinner at its Cibolo Moon restaurant, our server Lauren brought us a tequila "sampler" containing 3 infused tequilas: strawberry/jalapeno, lemon/basil and mojito.
They were all good, but the easy standout was the strawberry/jalapeno.
It was sooooo good that I asked the kind folks at the JW Marriott to share their recipe. They were happy to oblige. I'm happy to share.
You're welcome, 'Merica.
Making Infused Tequila in 3 Easy Steps
1. Choose your Tequila and Flavors
Use 100% Blue Agave silver or blanco tequila. Blanco tequilas work best because they can take on the most flavors.
2. Prepare the Ingredients
Get a clean, air-tight jar **quart sized mason jars work well**. Wash the ingredients, place them inside the jar and fill it with tequila. Shake a few times and cover tightly with a lid.
Here are some tips to get the most out of the infusion ingredients. Using berries? Wash and leave whole, but score the skins on harder berries. If you want pineapple, mango and similar fruit - wash and cut into chunks. For strawberries and citrus - wash and slice thinly or use zests of lemons and oranges.
If you like vanilla beans - wash and cut lengthwise. For herbs - wash and use whole, stems and all. And if you're into peppers - score and leave whole or cut in half. Leave the seeds in for a spicy kick, or remove them for less spice.
3. Infusion Time
Store your infusion in a cool, dark place and shake it a few times a day for the duration of the infusion. On average, the ingredients should stay in the tequila for 3-5 days. Some of your more intense flavors will only need 3 days. Less intense flavors could stay in the jar for a full week or more. You should do a taste test every few days to see if the flavors are sufficient.
Once your infusion has reached its peak in flavor, you'll need to take the flavoring ingredients out of the jar. Use a fine strainer, cheesecloth or paper coffee filter to strain the tequila into another clean jar or bowl. Enjoy on the rocks, or come up with creative cocktail ideas.
Strawberry-Jalapeno Infused Tequila
* 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
* 1 sliced fresh jalapeno **leave the seeds in if you want it hot / take 'em out if not**
Place the tequila, sliced strawberries and sliced jalapeno in a clean, air-tight jar. Store in a cool dark place and shake it once or twice daily. Let the tequila infuse for 3-5 days. Use a fine strainer, cheesecloth or paper coffee filter to strain the tequila back into its original bottle. Enjoy responsibly.