Tuesday, February 27, 2007

This week's experiment: Lime infused vodka

Today, we are introducing our latest experiment, lime vodka. Tomorrow, we will post the results of our mint-infused vodka experiment, and the first sampling of the coconut vodka.

First, however, we must report an unfortunate occurrence involving Wayland's lab coat. During an attempt to create a squid-infused vodka, Wayland was wrestling with a live squid in order to subdue it. Unfortunately, despite the superhuman strength he attained by questionably legal means during our coconut experiment, Wayland lost the struggle, due to the squid's defensive use of ink spray. As a result, Wayland's coat became permanently stained with squid ink.

After this embarrassing incident, we decided to base our next experiment on something that could not fight back -- or so we thought.

On the suggestion of several of our readers after our orange vodka infusion, we invested in a basic citrus zester. This was our first attempt at using the zester. Alas, it did not go well. There's a saying in the military, "You have to be at least 10% smarter than the piece of equipment you're working with." It seems that, despite my scientifical background, I didn't meet this qualification.

The zester simply slipped right off of the lime, leaving shallow grooves but not separating any usable zest. In the process, I nearly zested my index finger instead. Yowie!

It was at this point that Wayland had a brainstorm. We already have a piece of lab equipment that is much more effective than this dinky zester. He reached into the cupboard and pulled out the cheese grater.

This led to a much easier, faster and less painful zesting process. We zested two limes, each yielding a reasonable amount of zest.

We then sliced the remainder of the fruits, separating the pith and keeping the "meat" of the limes.

You can tell a lot about both of us by the way we went about this process. I carefully cut around the meat, attempting to cut away all of the pith without losing any pulp. The process was not entirely successful, and frankly, a pain in the ass.

Wayland, on the other hand, cut off the edges of each slice in four strokes, leaving a square slice and sacrificing some of the fruit, but finishing much more quickly and easily.

Finally, we discarded the pith, and tossed the zest, fruit, and filtered vodka into a jar. The loose zest provides a nifty snowglobe effect, simulating the green snow that will fall during the coming nuclear winter.


We plan on letting the lime infuse for 4-5 days, about the same amount of time as the orange vodka.


Jasra/Lisa said...


Unknown said...

Embarrassing incident?

NEVER be embarrassed by battle scars!

That lab coat should be proud of itself!