melon mint vodka It’s been real, citrus fruits, but melon season is almost here. Add summer cantaloupe and sprigs of mint to vodka for the cornerstone of a refreshing cocktail. Perhaps, as Martha suggests, a Melon Mule?
rose vodka Steep rose petals in vodka for a delicate floral flavor. It does wonders for a simple mixed drink, or try making the Peppered Rose with pink peppercorns and grapefruit. On the menu at garden parties, picnics, or outdoor wedding showers, it’s a cocktail that’s as delightful to look at as it is to drink.
ginger citrus rum We all have a few sad lemons and limes rolling around the crisper drawer, right? Put them to good use — combine chopped citrus fruit with with sliced ginger and soak the mixture in rum for sweet-tart spirit with a bit of bite. Try it in a rum + Coke for an easy upgrade to the retro classic.
fig + vanilla bean + cardamom vodka Garnished with fresh fig slices, this slightly sweet, aromatic vodka (thanks to the infusion of vanilla beans, cardamom pods, and quartered figs) makes the prettiest pink drink. Serve it straight up or blended with bubbles.
dill pickle vodka For those who prefers their martini dirty, swap out the olive juice and try an equally salty, savory pickle martini instead. Garlic, mustard seeds, dill, and cucumber add an extra punch to the vodka, and we suspect it would be brilliant in a Bloody Mary too but are planning to put the theory to a test over brunch this weekend.
winter gin Infused with sprigs of white fir, juniper berries, cinnamon, and orange peel, herbaceous gin makes a perfect winter cocktail. File it away for when the weather turns cold, apres ski or apres snowman-building, it’ll warm you up nicely.
blueberry basil vodka After adding a few leaves to your pasta primavera, how should you use all the extra basil in the enormous bunch? Here’s an idea: make this sweet, peppery vodka and mix up some summery cocktails to go with pasta night.
lavender gin If a whiff of lavender reduces stress, than surely combining the fragrant purple plant with gin is the equivalent of a tropical getaway, right? With lavender-infused gin, try a twist on classic cocktails like the Bees Knees, a French 75, or even a simple G + T.
apple spice bourbon After tasting this aromatic concoction, flavored with vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves, every future non-infused bourbon may bore you. Try adding it to freshly-pressed apple cider, come fall it pairs particularly well with pumpkin carving and roaring fires.
rosemary + lemon + pomegranate gin With herbal appeal and a dose of antioxidants, this gin seems like it could cure all that ails you. Pour a dash into a glass of pomegranate juice the next time you feel a cold coming on, or drink it all winter long, just in case.
bell pepper rum Sweet, tangy bell pepper is a pleasantly surprising addition to light rum. Slice one up, fresh from the farmer’s market, and experiment with mixing it into your favorite rum-based cocktails. Bell pepper mojito, anyone?
pear spiced vodka Wintery flavors like pear, cinnamon, and ginger make this a festive DIY holiday gift. Experiment (read: taste test often) to determine how long to steep the ingredients. In other words, this is really a gift for yourself, too.
marshmallow vodka If you were secretly (or proudly, no judgement) a fan of candy-infused booze, marshmallow vodka is for you. It’s a fitting addition to hot chocolate, or add a splash to sweeten up post-dinner coffee.
earl grey gin The best part of infusing alcohol with tea is how quickly it can be done — no need to wait days for tea time, just an hour or two does the trick. Try the Lady Jane, with lavender syrup and egg white, or a host of other Downton Abbey-appropriate refreshments.