Grapefruit Infused Rum, Special News and a Giveaway

Grapefruit Infused Rum

I really find it hard to believe that I actually kept this news quiet for so long.  Since July of this year, I’ve debated adding a little teaser to one of my cocktail articles or even sending out a quick tweet.  Secrets, surprises and special news are all things that I can rarely keep to myself.  So I am finally happy to announce my recent book project.  Actually… my first book project!!  The Home Distiller’s Handbook is 140+ page collection of whisky and bourbon blends, infused spirits and cordials.  I contributed all of the photography to the cookbook.  Completed over the summer, this project was so much fun.  For those of you who know me well, you’re probably thinking that this project was definitely a perfect fit.  Continue reading for a recipe from the book and giveaway information.

Sliced Grapefruit

Whether you are a seasoned infusologist (I just made that up) or you are tackling your first project, The Home Distiller’s Handbook has a recipe for you.  Some of the basics include Jalapeno Pepper Vodka, Cherry Whisky and Cucumber Gin.  Looking for something more advanced?  Try the Pistachio Liqueur, Kahlua Creme, Bangkok or Spiced Pumpkin Vodka.  Available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, The Home Distiller’s Handbook would be a perfect gift for this Holiday season.  If you are ambitious, you could even fill a gift basket with a fancy jar, the handbook, a bottle of alcohol and some ingredients for an infusion.

Cider Mill Press has graciously given me 5 copies of The Home Distiller’s Handbook to giveaway to Kitchen Konfidence readers!  To enter you can do one or all of the following:

1.  Leave me a comment below sharing your favorite flavored alcohol.

2.  Like Kitchen Konfidence on Facebook. [leave a separate comment below for entry]

3.  Subscribe to the Kitchen Konfidence recipe digest. [leave a separate comment below for entry]

Winners will be selected by random drawing and announced December 11, 2011.  For US residents only.  Now… on to the recipe!

The Home Distiller's Handbook

4.8 from 4 reviews
Grapefruit Infused Rum
Recipe type: Infusion
Serves: 750 ml
  • 750 ml white rum
  • 1 large pink grapefruit
  1. Slice grapefruit and remove the pith and peel. Place sliced grapefruit into an infusion jar. Add rum then seal the jar.
  2. Let infuse for 1 to 2 weeks in a cool, dark spot, tasting and shaking regularly.
  3. Strain the rum into a clean bottle and cap. Discard solids.
You can also include the grapefruit zest in the infusion. Just be sure to avoid the white pith.



    • Brandon Matzek says

      LOVE Sweet Tea Vodka. I’ve never had the drink at Betty’s though. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the tip Averie!

  1. Bryan says

    Lemongrass and fresh ginger with vodka. Takes a while for the infusion to mature but over ice with a splash of seltzer and just enough simple syrup to take the edge off it’s divine, especially when paired with a steamy summer day!

  2. Kimberly says

    Congrats! And I am so excited for this I already ordered it from Amazon for my boyfriend! Thanks for a gift he will LOVE!

  3. says

    That is so exciting, congrats! I am totally going to pick up a copy (if I don’t win!). I love the flavors you create and would love a book of them! I think one of my favorites I’ve seen around and would like to try soon is a cranberry infusion.
    As for my favorite flavored alcohol… is probably a passion fruit blood orange one that I bought at the store. It’s bright pink and gorgeous! I also really like the Firefly sweet tea…SO GOOD with ice cold lemonade.

    • Brandon Matzek says

      Thanks so much :)! Each year I make a cranberry orange infused vodka. The recipe is not featured in this book, but it is very delicious.

      Never had blood orange vodka, but that sounds great. Love blood oranges.

    • Brandon Matzek says

      That sounds super good! I love Rooibos tea (especially in a tea latte). There is a recipe for Earl Grey Gin in the handbook. Tea infusions are great for layering into cocktails or (like you said) enjoying on the rocks.

  4. Amy says

    I love the infusions Dogfish Head offers at their brewpub (and attached distillery) in Delaware. My favorite is to combine the chocolate and peanut butter infused vodkas and sip them together!

  5. says

    Already on FB and mailing list and have been enjoying for quite a while now. Favorite infused sprit is probably vanilla rum. I find it soothing and quite flexible from simply mixing with cola to more complex drinks. Would love the book to really start making a nice collection of home infusions for my humble little bar in my apartment.

    • Brandon Matzek says

      You know… I don’t think I’ve ever had vanilla rum. Usually vanilla vodka. I’m sure the vanilla pairs nicely with the flavors of rum. Vanilla Mojito perhaps?!

  6. says

    Ooh, I’m intrigued! I’ve not experimented with infusions, but I’ve been wanting to. Since I haven’t, it’s hard to pick a favorite, but my favorite cocktail flavors are definitely either grapefruit or other sour flavors. Congratulations on your book!

  7. says

    Does beer count? My favorite flavored alcohol as of right now must be the 11.11.11 from Stone Brewery. Tastes like cinnamon/chile deliciousness :)

  8. says

    I subscribed to Kitchen Konfidence via email feed :) Congrats on the book! I would LOVE to own a copy, and make some time to enjoy some delicious cocktails. BTW, I’ll probably see you tomorrow at the demo’s tomorrow! Best wishes.

  9. says

    I made a bacon and ghost chile infused vodka that I made into the spicest bloody marys I have ever had. They were AWESOME! I love your posts and you are inspiring. Can’t wait to see the book!

  10. Kate says

    I have recently discovered Buddhacello made from citron. Actually, I have a jar infusing in my closet right now awaiting gifting for Christmas. The book looks great, congrats! I was just thinking it may be a good companion to Homemade Soda by Andrew Schloss. Infused boos…homemade soda…yum!

  11. Alison G says

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to drool over the photos in the Handbook. It looks simply beautiful.

    My favorite flavored alcohol is the Pinapple-Infused Tequila from W. Park Kerr’s “Margarita Cookbook”. I’ve made it twice, and it really wowed all the tequila-drinkers in our crowd.

  12. Doug says

    Congrats (already a reader and FB fan)! Like Ann P., I tried a beer that truly surprised me with a strong presence of lavender – I never would have imagined liking it(!). I bet it would work well alone or in combo in a flavored liquor.

  13. Olivia says

    I really like pineapple and coconut infused rum. So good. I am very intrigued to try the Earl Gray infused Gin. I made your Earl Gray ice cream..delicious! (I love the complex flavor of the tea). :)

  14. Stephanie says

    My best buddy Hugh makes a delightful cherry vanilla bourbon that makes me happy & miss him AND Los Angeles (my hometown) all the more.

  15. says

    what a wonderful concept for a book! and your photos are just lovely! i love infusing my own vodkas and tequilas. My favorites have been: rhubarb. pumpkin, and habanero. I’m trying a pear ginger right now. This grapefruit idea is fantastic though!

  16. Lucy says

    I’ve always loved infusing vodka with apple slides and cinnamon but I’ve recently discovered Black Peppercorn infused vodka… so good!

  17. Zoe says

    Favorite flavored alcohol: basically anything with citrus. Lime, orange, grapefruit, lemon, you name it! I’m a sucker for the sour! (This recipe looks particularly yummy~!)

  18. starre says

    in the winter i like spice infused rums in the summer i like citrus rums in a mojito mmmmm
    thanks for the contest such fun

  19. Jeff Blackwell says

    I like a lemon flavored Grey Goose vodka. That with a side plate of crackers and swiss cheese. Dim the lights and listen to soft jazz. No talking please.

  20. Mr. Daniel says

    Nothing like Warm Apple Pie Liquor for Montana’s chilled holidays! Cant wait to get my hands on a copy of this book.

  21. Megan says

    I had the most amazing caramel infused vodka when I was living in France! i have never tasted anything quite like it state side….

  22. maria says

    Congrats! Years ago I made a rosemary vodka that I never really liked (read-Figured out how to use.), my interest wanned…. Above recipe and ideas have inspired me to try again. Just found you, can’t wait to look around!

  23. Crystal Lynn says

    Liked on Facebook! I like strawberries in my drinks. Recently discovered a strawberry beer at one of my local bars!

  24. Jennifer H. says

    I liked your site on Facebook. As for favorite infusions, my mom always put 2 vanilla beans in a bottle of vodka (750ml? Whatever a regular-size bottle is) and that’s all I’ve ever used since then for any recipe that calls for vanilla. Haven’t tried it in a cocktail but I can only imagine it would be fabulous. Might just have to try that tonight!

  25. says

    The first time I ever had a flavored alcohol was when I was in Russia for the first time (and it’s the only time I’ve been there). I was 18 and I had not had a lot of experience with drinking, but we went to a nice restaurant where they had different kinds of infused vodkas. I chose strawberry. It was divine. I remember the combination of sweet sugary strawberries and shocking stinging vodka mixing in my mouth at the same time. Ever since then, I’ve always wanted to infuse my own alcohol, but I haven’t had the chance to just yet. The recipe looks very simple, and delicious. And who doesn’t love rum?

  26. says

    This book looks fantastic–I hadn’t even heard of it either. Well I suppose technically my favorite infused alcohol is vanilla extract for baking, but otherwise I would love to make limoncello!

  27. says

    I had some really tasty pineapple infused vodka last weekend. So, for now, that is my current fave; that being said, however, it is hard to resist this grapefruit concoction!

  28. says

    Congratulations, that is great news! I am sure the photos in the book are stunning, and I’m very intrigued by this recipe…Have a great rest of your weekend!

  29. Sarah says

    i’ve made my own lemoncello before but this recipe sounds great! do you sweeten your infusions to make liqueurs as well? i love entertaining with friends, do you have any cocktails you would recommend for an infusion like this one?

    • Brandon Matzek says

      Hi Sarah, I have sweetened some of my infusions in the past, but I usually don’t. I like to add the sweetness during the cocktail making stage :) You could use this infusion to make a darn tasty Mojito! I’m sure you could even do a spin on a Dark & Stormy.

  30. erin says

    i love to make rosemary simple syrup in my gin cocktails! also, over the summer i made cucumber infused gin. delicious.

    • Brandon Matzek says

      Thanks Jeff! I’ll have to say though that book doesn’t really cover distilling. It’s more like a collection of alcohol infusions.

  31. Tara says

    I love a gin cocktail with green chartreuse and a splash of St. Germain – – but recent tasted some house-infused Cardamom vodka at a local restaurant in DC and it was amazing!! Really hoping to do some of my own infusing.

  32. C. B. says

    Liking you on facebook. :)

    But also, my mom loves this sort of thing. I really enjoy her honey liquor, even if it’s a little too sweet.
    Congrats on the book!

  33. Susana Konjicija says

    I’ve had a cucumber cocktail when I visited my daughter in Chicago- it was surprisingly delicious! -but this time of year I love anything pumpkin spice flavored- would love to try that recipe, and thinking about getting both of my (grown) kids your book for Christmas :-)

  34. Dances says

    I just found this website! I love all the recipes but the grapefruit infused vodka is awesome! I love this site…thank you so much and congrats on the book! I liked you on Facebook too!

  35. Vali Henry says

    We have Elderberry bushes on our property, & I’ve been making Elderberry infused vodka for years. The other flavors sound interesting, I’m going to try them!

  36. says

    Kim my favorite is vodka and orange pieces but have been watching your recipes and love them all but the roasted pumpkin five spice ice cream makes you all most taste it.Merry Christmas

  37. Tashav Lee says

    Started infusions with vodka last year. Started by mistake when making extracts. Was just saying how helpful a reference book would be. Awesome!


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