Hunter’s Vodka Recipe

hunter's vodka recipeMakers of Hunter’s Vodka—a spice-infused spirit with myriad approaches to the recipe—have aimed high and low for flavorful flair, from kitchen cabinets to wintery woodlands. “I’ve seen everything from infusions focused on scents of the forest floor to straight-up baking-spice elements,” says Israel Morales, bar director and co-owner of Kachka in Portland, Oregon. “Our infusion straddles those two styles.” Morales and his wife, Kachka co-owner and chef Bonnie Morales, styled their adaptation after the homemade versions sampled in homes and restaurants in Russia and Belarus. Spiced with whole peppercorns, juniper and cloves, it’s an aromatic vodka that conjures up a woodsy whiff. Try using your next batch to make Kachka’s Chervona Wine cocktail.

1½ tsp. whole allspice berries
1½ tsp. juniper berries
½ tsp. whole black peppercorns
½ tsp. whole coriander seeds
½ tsp. whole fenugreek seeds
1 stick cinnamon
1 blade of dried star anise
1 whole clove
1 750 ml. bottle of vodka
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
Tools: Small skillet, quart-size jar, fine-mesh strainer, funnel

Reprinted with permission from KACHKA, copyright 2017 by Bonnie Frumkin Morales. Published by Flatiron Books.

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