There’s just something about the word cocktail that makes me think summertime. Maybe it’s because cocktails tend to be fizzy and I also associate sodas with the beach, or maybe it’s because they are fruity and I associate fruit with picnics, but either way cocktails are very delightful summer drinks.
As fun as cocktails are however, buying different flavors for different drinks isn’t the most budget friendly thing. But what if you could make your own flavors at home? Camp Craft Cocktails is a company that fills mason jars with different assortments of dried fruits, herbs, sugars, and spices to infuse alcohol. You pick a jar with a certain mixture and then you choose your booze, lol, to pour into the jar. Place the jar in the back of your fridge for a few days and then strain out the liquid. You now have flavored alcohol perfect for building a cocktail with.
I picked two of their jars, Lady Violet and Picnic Basket. I infused the first one with light rum and the second with vodka. After they finished percolating, I strained them and tasted them. Just the alcohol alone was super delicious! I then put together two cocktail recipes with accompanying homemade simple syrup.
3 oz. Camp Craft Picnic Basket infused vodka
2 oz. lemon simple syrup
Pour first two ingredients into a mason jar filled with ice and then top with club soda. Serve with a lime wedge and straw.
Lemon Simple Syrup
1 C. lemon juice
1 C. water
Bring these two to a simmer on the stove and then let cool. keep in fridge for a few weeks.
2 oz. Camp Craft Lady Violet infused light rum
1 oz. earl grey simple syrup
1 oz. heavy whipping cream
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled. Serve in a cocktail glass with a sprinkle of lavender buds.
Earl Grey Simply Syrup
4 earl grey tea bags
1 C. water
Bring water to a simmer and place tea bags in it. Take off heat and let the tea steep. Remove tea bags and let the syrup cool. Store in fridge for a few weeks.
I can honestly say this is one of my most favorite recipes I’ve ever attempted. Camp Craft makes it so easy to build a cocktail with their assortment of stuffed jars. I can’t wait to try more!
This post was lovingly sponsored by Camp Craft Cocktails, but all opinions are my own.