How to make herbally infused cocktails

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What is the MagicalButter Herbal Infuser Machine?

Creating herbally-infused cocktails at home doesn’t have to be complicated. The MagicalButter Herbal Infuser Machine is one of the most user-friendly tools that an amateur baker or mixologist can have in their kitchen. Known for creating herbally-infused butter for “special” brownies, this gadget does so much more and is a necessity for any herbal connoisseur.

The MagicalButter is the world’s first countertop botanical extractor, designed for infusing the essence of healthy herbs into butter, oil, alcohol, lotions, and more! Combining an immersion blender with a programmable thermostat and heating unit, this countertop infuser is designed to create incredible recipes and botanical infusions with little to no labor. The MagicalButter machine grinds, heats, stirs and steeps your herbal extract, all at the correct duration intervals and temperature for a perfect infusion every time. As a result, you achieve your desired infusion easily, safely, and consistently.

Which Infusion Method Works Best?

There are two main ways to make bitters for cocktails. One method is to combine all of your botanicals and infuse them in the liquor of your choice together. The other method (and the one shown here) is to make a separate infusion or tincture of each botanical and then blend them to taste. This is the preferred method because the different ingredients infuse at different rates. Tincturing them separately gives you more control over the outcome. Depending on the botanical, traditional methods for infusion time may range from a day to several weeks, but with The MagicalButter Machine, you can make infused tinctures in only four to eight hours!

Bittering agents usually make up 10 – 50% of the blend and may include plants like:

  • angelica root
  • artichoke leaf
  • black walnut leaf
  • burdock root
  • calamus root
  • calamus root
  • cinchona bark
  • citrus peel
  • licorice root
  • sarsaparilla
  • wild cherry bark
  • and wormwood

Aromatic and flavor agents round out the bitters and may include just about any herb, spice, flower, fruit, or nut.

  • Spices – allspice, aniseed, caraway, cardamom, cassia, celery seed, chiles, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, fennel, ginger, juniper berries, nutmeg, peppercorns, star anise, vanilla beans
  • Herbs & Flowers – chamomile, hibiscus, hops, lavender, lemongrass, mint, rose, rosemary, sage, thyme, yarrow
  • Fruits – fresh or dried citrus peel (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit), dried fruit (apples, cherries, figs, raisins)
  • Nuts – toasted almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc.
  • Beans – cacao beans, cocoa nibs, coffee beans

Infused Cocktail Basics

Magical Bitters

Ingredients

  • 1 medium orange
  • 1 bottle (750ml) grain alcohol or vodka
  • 40 drops gentian extract
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 piece fresh ginger, halved
  • 4 whole allspice berries
  • 4 whole cloves
  • Set the temperature to 130º Fahrenheit.
  • Set the device on a 4-hour cycle so the mixture is blended and smooth.
  • Using a 190 filter bag, pour contents through filter and strain.
  • After strained, pour into bottles and allow them to cool.
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Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is a commonly used ingredient in many cocktails and other drink recipes. The MagicalButter Machine makes it easy and quick. Traditional simple syrup recipe calls for equal parts of sugar and water, but by doubling the amount of sugar, you’ll end up with a thicker, sweeter syrup.

  • 1:1 Premium pure-grain sugar to Distilled Water
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 cups Water
  • Set the temperature to 220º Fahrenheit and press the one hour cycle.
    The Magical Butter Machine will come to a boil, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved. Allow the simple syrup to cool before adding it to your beverages.
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Herbally-Infused Alcoholic Recipes

Magical Limoncello

If you’re looking for a sweet and refreshing drink with a kick, limoncello is the answer. This lemon liqueur hails from Southern Italy and is traditionally served with dessert, however, its refreshing citrus undertones also make it great for sipping on warm afternoons.

Ingredients

  • 750 ml bottle of Everclear
  • 2½ cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups of lemon zest, pithed (bitter white tissue under the zest removed)

How to

  • Place all the ingredients into your MB machine, and secure the head.
  • Press the Temperature button, and select 160ºF/71°C; then press the 1 Hour/Oil button.
  • Strain your infusion through the PurifyFilter Bag to remove all the lemon zest.
  • Pour your Limoncello into a bottle, refrigerate, and enjoy!
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Apple Pie Infused Whiskey

Whether you’re looking for a spiced drink to serve for the holidays or want something to pair well nicely with a slice of good old fashioned apple pie, this whiskey drink is sure to please.

Ingredients

  • 3⅕ cups/750 ml whiskey
  • 4-5 granny smith apples
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean

How to

  • Cut apples into quarters, remove the stem and seeds.
  • Place all the ingredients into your MB machine, and secure the head.
  • Press the Temperature button, and select 160ºF/71°C; then press the 1 Hour/Oil button.
  • Strain your infusion through the PurifyFilter Bag to remove all chopped up fruit
  • Serve your infusion on the rocks, neat or up as a martini!
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Mango Infused Rum

Transport yourself to an island in the sun with this tropical rum-infused alcoholic beverage. Perfect for a day at the pool, or on a rainy day when you’d rather be somewhere sunny, this drink will be your new favorite go-to cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Pineapple
  • 1 Cup Mango
  • 3 Cups Rum

How to

  • Dice the pineapple and mango.
  • In a MagicalButter machine, add diced pineapples, diced mangos, and 3 cups of rum.
  • Set the temperature to 130º Fahrenheit and press the one hour cycle.
  • Let machine run for 10-15 minutes or until the pineapple and mango is blended and smooth.
  • Using a 190 filter bag, pour contents through filter and strain.
  • After strained, pour into a pitcher and refrigerate before serving!
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The Hippie Butler Approved Mint-Infused Whiskey

If you need a fun St. Patrick’s Day cocktail or just a refreshing sipper any day of the year, this smooth mint-infused Irish whiskey, tart lemon, and bright mint cocktail is a Hippie Butler favorite!

Ingredients

  • 8–10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1-ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 2 ounces Mint-Infused Irish whiskey
    Ice
  • Club soda, for topping, optional
  • 1 750 ml bottle whiskey

How to

  • Place all the ingredients into your MB machine, and secure the head.
  • Press the Temperature button, and select 160oF/71°C; then press the 1 Hour/Oil button.
  • Strain your infusion through the PurifyFilter Bag to remove all the mint leaves.
  • Pour your Mint-Infused Whiskey into a bottle and refrigerate
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Once your infused alcohol has had time to chill, pour it into a glass, over ice and add club soda and a spring of mint for garnish. All that’s left to do is kick back, relax, and enjoy!

Conclusion

Whether you’re looking to whip up some herbally-infused baked goods, infusing alcohol, or even want to create your own oil tinctures, the MagicalButter Machine can achieve all of your herbal dreams. For more herbal infused recipes, check out our Herbal Infuser Recipes blog.

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Erinn Holman

A millennial writer who's passionate about alternative medicine, the smoking industry, and the Oxford comma.

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