How to make Ground Ivy and Wild Horseradish Vodka

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

Regular readers will remember that back in June I was given a fabulous hoard of wild horseradish roots. Horseradish is an extremely pungent herb which is reputed to act on the circulatory system, be a beneficial treatment in lung and urinary infections, and a effective treatment for rheumatism and gout (both through being taken internally and used as a poultice). It is also a wonderful culinary herb.

 

Foraged Wild Horseradish and Ground Ivy Infused Vodka - click through to see our simple method

 

Horseradish, once established, spreads quickly, so many gardeners recommend planting it with caution. Bearing this in mind, we decided to replant some of our roots in a wild area at the edge of our garden. A few weeks later we were rewarded with the sight of the beautiful leaf below, so I am hopeful that we will have a flourishing patch to harvest next year.

 

Foraged Wild Horseradish and Ground Ivy Infused Vodka - click through to see our simple method

 

As well as making a batch of delicious wild horseradish sauce back in June, we also started off a wild horseradish and ground ivy vodka Infusion. This foraged infusion has sat in a dark place for the last three months, until today, when I finally got around to straining and bottling it.

 

Foraged Wild Horseradish and Ground Ivy Infused Vodka - click through to see our simple method

 

To make the infusion we simply took a half a dozen pieces of peeled root, and threw them into a large preserving jar with a generous handful of Ground Ivy (it’s not an Ivy, despite it’s name – it’s a member of the mint family), which has a wonderful, savoury smell and taste, and is meant to make a fabulous rub for meat, and simply poured the vodka over the top.

 

Foraged Wild Horseradish and Ground Ivy Infused Vodka - click through to see our simple method

 

Our finished infusion is a delicate green colour, has a wonderful savoury aroma and flavour, and although it certainly has a bit of a kick, I am pleasantly surprised at how palatable it is, even on it’s own. Added to tomato juice as a Bloody Mary cocktail it tastes amazing, and it will definitely be going in this year’s Christmas Hampers for our friends and family.

 

Foraged Wild Horseradish and Ground Ivy Infused Vodka - click through to see our simple method

 

Although we have made many sweetened spirit infusions such as Sloe GinCranberry and Orange Liqueur and Raspberry and Mint Gin in the past, this is our first savoury infusion that has been really successful (some of them have been downright disgusting!), and it has really whetted my appetite for trying some more savoury options in the future.

 

Foraged Wild Horseradish and Ground Ivy Infused Vodka - click through to see our simple method

 

We’d love it if you shared our Wild Horseradish and Ground Ivy Vodka with others…

 

Foraged Wild Horseradish and Ground Ivy Infused Vodka is a wonderful savoury infusion which is perfect for adding to tomato juice or savoury dishes

 

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12 comments

Bex April 12, 2017 - 1:27 am

Wow, this looks so good. I LOVE the bottles and design as well 🙂

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 24, 2017 - 10:43 am

Thanks Bex, it makes a nice change from the sweet spirit infusions we tend to make 🙂

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