Homemade Liqueurs with Herbs: Tarragon Flavored Vodka

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Makes about 1 quart
Tarragon flavored vodka, along with sweet grass (Hierochloe odorata), dill or thyme vodka infusions, are used for toasting in Russia, Poland and Denmark.

  • ½ cup fresh tarragon
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 1 liter vodka
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (optional)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a clean glass jar. Cover and let stand in a cool place for at least 24 hours or up to 1 week.
  2. Strain through a coffee filter into a clean glass jar or bottle with an airtight lid. Cover and store in the refrigerator or freezer indefinitely and serve ice cold, straight up in small glasses.

Leah A. Zeldes is food editor of Chicago’s Lerner Newspapers.

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