Donut Infused Vodka

I don’t know whether to call this experiment a success or a monumental failure. Certainly, if you look at the cost, I have failed and in a rather grand fashion.  If you factor in taste, put a tick back in the success column. Looks, hmm… if you like your vodka to look rather like orange juice, SCORE!, but I am guessing you do not, so, fail again. Does learning count? Is no experiment a failed experiment?

I’ll back up a bit. Christianna, my lovely friend from Burwell General Store leads 20+ food bloggers in this really cool project every month. We remake vintage recipes from a little book called All-Day Singin’ and Dinner on the Ground. This is the fourth swap, I’ve participated in. My past recipes involved turning an old school cake into this lemon cake with rosemary caramael, Ozarkian Taffy Apples into these sopapillas, and Grandma’s chicken stew with drop biscuits into this Thai curry.

Donut Infused Vodka

Finding The Inspiration:

I had a bit of a hard time deciding what to do this time. I thought of doing desert gnocchi, but someone jumped on that pretty quickly, then I thought of making some sort of pan-fried breaded croquette with a sweet oozy filling, but I found myself feeling uninspired by any of those things. I thought I had settled on a homemade shake and French fries for dipping (yum). I was discussing this plan with my husband over a plate of fries and a soy gelato shake when he started waxing poetic about the potato.

 
“You know, the potato… Andes… Peru… brilliant… perfect… Vodka…”
“Wait, that is perfect! That is the best idea ever!”  I stopped him mid-sentence.
 

I decided I had to make donut-infused potato vodka for this month’s recipe swap! And for the final touch, I would make a coffee flavored whipped cream and make little cocktails so you could savor coffee and doughnuts in a glass.

Donut Infused Vodka

Procuring The Goods:
So, I set about heading to the best donut shop in the city, Dynamo Donuts to purchase a half dozen of their vanilla bean donuts. These donuts don’t come cheap, but they are amazing, with light fluffy bodies, and inventive flavors. They taste yeasty and fresh and a tad crispy on the outside while light and doughy on the inside. Those were easy to find- Dynamo is just a few blocks from my house. Potato vodka, on the other hand, was not so easy to find.  We drove all over the City- going to a total of six liquor stores before we found straight potato vodka. Finally, I found Chopin Potato.

 
Making The Infusion:
Note, I am not suggesting you actually do this. I will call this a recipe for what not to do. Or- what to do if you want to turn two delicious expensive things into one delicious ridiculously expensive thing.

1.     Wash your wide mouth, quart sized, Mason jar very well in hot water and dry
2.     Fill jar with donuts up to the top (I used five)
3.     Fill jar with potato vodka up to the top of the jar, and screw lid on
4.     Store for 36 hours in cool dry place
5.     Strain through cheese cloth lined sieve
6.     Enjoy one shot of donut flavored vodka

Donut Infused Vodka

Cost of ½ bottle of Chopin= $25

Cost for ½ dozen Dynamo Donuts= $10

Total cost for 1 oz of donut infused liquor produced= $35

Laughter at the extreme silliness of this experiment=priceless!

You may be wondering what happened to the coffee and donuts cocktail we had planned on creating. We decided not to dilute our $35 shot of vodka and just savor the amazing donutty goodness.

Donut Infused Vodka

Visit all the blogs from the recipe swap for an amazing array of takes on what a potato doughnut can look like.

 

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Boulder Locavore June 6, 2011 at 6:58 AM

Aye, aye, aye……feeling for you on the pocketbook front but also thinking what a happy place the day would seem when starting off with one of these fully loaded donuts. Visionary, really. The photos are sublime as well.

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PolaM June 6, 2011 at 7:18 AM

Well even if you didn't end up with that much Vodka, it looks great! Plus the whole thing was extremely creative! And what about the doughnuts? I am sure they were delicious after soaking in Vodka!

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rosemarried June 6, 2011 at 8:01 AM

Sabrina, I'm dying. This is absolutely hilarious. And yet, tragic? And yet a strange success. I hope you enjoyed every last drop over your overpriced donut vodka. You're the best. No really, you are.

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The Tomato Tart June 9, 2011 at 12:18 AM

Thanks love. It was a little tragic, but totally funny, for sure. (The best kind of comedy)
I kind of think you're the bees knees too. I love being in this mutual admiration society with you. Smooches.

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burwellgeneralstore June 6, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Hahaha! Love it. Sounds like we had a similar experience this time around. As always, I love your participation and your voice, and always look forward to reading your blog. The photo of donuts in the jar is beautiful.

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Chef Dennis June 6, 2011 at 9:34 AM

I think anytime you learn something you can count it as a success, and you did produce the intended product, so that too is a success, perhaps next time though we just eat the doughnuts and drink the vodka!! Great post and a wonderful read!

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Alli Shircliff June 6, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Such a creative idea…Wow I wouldn't have thought it would turn out yellow! It sounds really tasty!

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claire June 6, 2011 at 4:53 PM

so impressed! if it were me, i would have eaten all of the donuts and finished off the vodka!

love hearing about the swap!

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The Tomato Tart June 9, 2011 at 12:12 AM

That was always an option, Claire!

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@merrygourmet June 6, 2011 at 5:57 PM

I love how your mind works. I can hardly imagine what a shot of doughnut flavored vodka tastes like, but I'd be up for tasting it.

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The Tomato Tart June 9, 2011 at 12:11 AM

Well, it tasted very very donutty and thick and syrupy. It was intense doughnut flavor. A powerful doughnut. I feel like I should say that with a Russian accent.

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Mari June 6, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Sabrina, I love that you posted this with all it's failed glory. I can't believe all the vodka only produced 1 oz of donut vodka! Love it.

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The Tomato Tart June 9, 2011 at 12:10 AM

I know! What a hoot, huh?

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Jacqueline Raposo June 7, 2011 at 6:19 AM

Mmm, mmm, MMMMM! What a great idea! I have a feeling a shot of donut vodka is like a REALLY good bottle of wine you splurge on while visiting a vineyard and then savor every expensive sip of. Brava!

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The Tomato Tart June 9, 2011 at 12:10 AM

Thanks Jacqueline, I think I might just splurge on donuts and vodka or maybe try infusing for a much shorter time- start testing at an hour or two. It was a fun experiment nonetheless.

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@FarmgirlGourmet June 9, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Do you think if you poured the vodka through a coffee filter it might be less cloudy? I seriously need to make this….pronto! :)

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The Tomato Tart June 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Oh, I\’ll bet a coffee filter would help- and do steep it for less time. Maybe with fewer donuts too.

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The Tomato Tart June 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Oh, I\’ll bet a coffee filter would help- and do steep it for less time. Maybe with fewer donuts too. Oh, and try straining through a Britta filter.

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The Tomato Tart June 9, 2011 at 10:05 AM

A coffee filter would work. Also, you could filter it through a britta if you were serious! I have heard you can triple filter less fancy vodka through britta filters and have very nice vodka in the end. I haven\’t tried. I just start at Kettle and work my way up from there. I don\’t mess around with vodka.

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whisklikeamofo June 10, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Well, a few things standard in infusing liquors you could try:

1) I'd take the doughnuts out, strain through a fine mesh sieve, and let the sediment settle for awhile (at least a month), then I'd rack the liquid from the top of the sediment.
2) Then I'd take the racked liquid and strain it through a coffee filter at least once (in addition to your cheesecloth which isn't nearly fine enough). Judging by what you've got there, probably more than once.
3) You could consider doing a fat wash, which is a newly developed technique where you freeze the liquid and any fat in the liquid will solidify and you can strain it out. I don't know what it'll do to your carbs though. The fat wash is used for things like actual Butter Rum, or Bacon Vodka (ew).

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Daddio January 19, 2014 at 4:50 AM

?One oz? Here's what worked for me. Allow vodka and donuts to sit for 24 hours. Strain through cheese cloth into second mason jar. Press donuts with potato masher. Again pour liquid through cheese cloth (to strain off big bits of donut). Hold donut jar at a tilt over cheese clothe press with potato masher one more time to gat as much liquid as possible out of donuts. Now… Pour cloudy donut vodka into a Britta pitcher, allow to purify" through filter. Result, clear (albeit colored) filtered donut flavored vodka! Starting with 750ml, end ending with 740ml. There is no way to get every drop of vodka out of the donuts, but if you'd like to eat the remaining smash, it's reminiscent of rum cake, very tasty..

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