How to make nasturtium vodka
Nasturtium Vodka is an antidote to that nasturtium jungle that will exist even years after planting a few seeds, “just for a splash of colour”. Depending on your point of view this can be a lovely thing especially if the rest of the garden is struggling. You may notice too that so many pollinating insects love them and it’s always a wonder to watch bee’s nipping in and out of the flowers wiggling their little pollen laden arses* as they go.
* I know the pollen ends up on their legs, but allow me a little poetic licence.
Nasturtium vodka will vary in colour depending on the colour of your nasturtium flowers. Mine was made with bright orange flowers and it wound up to a lovely pink colour. Out of all the infusions, you can make I found nasturtium vodka one of the quickest at only two days.
A 500ml/1 pint resealable (Kilner) jar full of nasturtium flowers
500ml/1 pint Vodka
Pour your vodka over the flowers. Any vodka will do, no matter how cheap. Steer clear of flavoured vodkas just because the nasturtium flavour needs no other flavour competing with it. Leave for two days. Strain back into the vodka bottle.
Although this will keep pretty indefinitely, the flavour will start to break down after a year or two and being a cabbage family it seems to taste a lot more like cabbage than fiery nasturtium.
Nasturtium Vodka cocktails
Nasturtium vodka lends itself to variations of the Bloody Mary, just as horseradish vodka does. But I had a go at experimenting and came up with the nose twister. I’ll be experimenting a bit more but in the meantime, if you come up with an interesting cocktail using this or any other of my recipes I’d love to hear your comments.
The Nose twister
Wild plants can have great folk names, wild garlic is sometimes called stinking Jenny (poor Jenny) for example and nasturtiums are no different, one of my favourite names for the nasturtium flower is the nose twister. This meant that when thinking up a name for this cocktail the choice seemed obvious!
1 part freshly squeezed orange juice
1 part dry vermouth (Noily Pratt)
1 part nasturtium Vodka
Take a cool old fashioned glass (tumbler) and pour in the orange juice, vermouth and nasturtium vodka. Top up with ice and garnish with a twist of orange peel.