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Infusions have long been a part of various cuisines and cooking methods. From classic drinks like tea, French press coffee, Limoncello, and many soda pops, to flavored oils and fruity vinegars, infusions have always been a part of our daily lives. At its simplest form, the liquid or food to be infused and the flavoring agent(s) are combined together so the flavors from the two meld into each other, leaving an infused liquid or food end-product behind.

Strawberry basil sous vide infused rum fizz

When done in the traditional manner, the infusion procedure takes anywhere from a few hours to several months. The modernist methods of using a whipping siphon, sous vide, and fat washing can reduce the processing time significantly. For instance, the whipping siphon just takes a couple of minutes to complete this infusing cycle. Even though the modernist techniques work really slick, there are a few cases when nothing can really replace a time-honored traditional infusion. However, these are techniques worth experimenting with!

Interested in discovering the simple world of infusions? If so, my whipping siphon and sous vide equipment articles will help you get started! For those looking for a little more help understanding basic sous vide techniques, check out my Beginners Guide to Sous Vide.

These recipes and others are available in our book Modernist Cooking Made Easy: Infusions: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Flavorful Infusions Using Modernist and Traditional Techniques which you can get on Amazon.com.

Infusions Recipes and Articles

Sous Vide Citrus Infused Oil Recipe

Citrus whipping infused oil This sous vide recipe captures the nuanced flavors of citrus zest in oil, allowing you to freshen up various dishes by quickly adding it any time you want.

How to Make Infused Simple Syrups

Cinnamon infused simple syrup sous vide It is easy to discover how to make simple syrup and infused simple syrups. These mixtures work great as a sweetener for drinks, cocktails, coffee and iced tea.

How to Make Infusions for Gifts

Cover image square What better holiday gift than discovering how to make infusions to give as gifts! Here's a step by step look at creating infusions for oil, alcohol, vinegar, and bitters!

Bacon Washed Bourbon Infusion Recipe

Bacon washed bourbon Fat washing is the process of infusing the flavors of tasty fats into alcohol. This infused rum is fat washed with a flavorful spiced butter and it takes on the creamy undertones of the milk, the nutty flavor of the browned butter, and the warm flavors of the cinnamon and nutmeg.

Spiced Rum Infused Raisins Recipe

Rum infused raisins Infused raisins are easy to make and take on a great flavor from the spiced rum. Both the raisins and the resulting rum infusion taste great and can be used together or separately.

Wild Mushroom Infused Broth Recipe

Mushroom broth sous vide Dried mushrooms are full of concentrated flavors. Infusing them into water creates a rich, flavorful broth that is a wonderful base for building savory dishes. You can alter the spices or herbs used in the infusion to further complement the final dish you are creating.

Mole Bitters Infusion Recipe

Mole sous vide bitters Using the spices present in many richly flavored, complex Mexican mole sauces in an infusion allows you to quickly add a deepness of flavor with smokey, spicy notes to any drink you want.

Sarsaparilla Syrup Infusion Recipe

Homemade root beer syrup This infused syrup is made from sarsaparilla root with a backdrop of licorice and vanilla. This sous vide infusion recipe makes a thick, sweet syrup you can mix with club soda, use in cocktails or naturally ferment.

How to Use Infused Alcohols in Cocktails

Barrel aged alaska There are many ways you can use infused alcohols in cocktails. I highlight my favorite drinks drinks including tasting flights, classic cocktails, composed drinks and more!

Taste of Italy Olive Oil Infusion Recipe

Italian infused olive oil This infusion is packed with the tasty traditional Italian flavors of sun dried tomatoes, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and rosemary infused into a rich olive oil. The resulting bold infusion is awesome on bread or drizzled on grilled fish.

Pepperoni Infused Oil Recipe

Pepperoni infused oil sous vide I like to infuse the flavor of pepperoni into canola oil so I can drizzle it on dishes whenever something needs a bump in flavor. Pepperoni infused oil is great on roasted vegetables or as a dip for bread.

Lime and Coconut Infused White Balsamic Vinegar Recipe

Lime coconut infused white balsamic vinegar I like to infuse the classic flavors of lime and coconut into a white balsamic or rice wine vinegar. The resulting vinegar infusion works great in a shrub or sprinkled over a fruit salad.

Chile Pepper Fire Vinegar Infusion Recipe

Chile pepper infused vinegar For this recipe I make a super-spicy hot sauce where the chile pepper flavor is infused into the vinegar itself. This makes it convenient to selectively add drops of heat to any meal.

Cherry Vanilla Infused Balsamic Vinegar Recipe

Cherry vanilla infused balsamic vinegar The sweet and tart cherry flavor goes wonderfully with the taste of earthy vanilla. These strong flavors hold up well when infused into the already deep essences of balsamic vinegar.

Carrot Beet Infused Vinegar Recipe

Beet carrot ginger infused vinegar Carrots and beets are a common pairing in many Eastern European cuisines. The sous vide infusion process combines them into a sweet and funky flavored vinegar that goes great drizzled on game meat.

Raspberry Infused Vinegar Recipe

Raspberry infused vinegar Making sous vide raspberry infused vinegar is a great way to preserve fresh berries. I like to make a vinaigrette out of the resulting infusion to serve on spinach salad or as a sauce on white fish like cod or bass.

Mulled Wine Infusion Recipe

Whipping siphon mulled wine Mulled wine is a traditional spiced wine, usually flavored with cinnamon, raisins, orange, and star anise. Using the sous vide infusion process results in a more flavorful, nuanced mulled wine by preventing flavor loss that normally occurs when wine is boiled.

Rum Punch Infusion Recipe

Dishwasher infusion rum punch Rum punch is a strong, fruity drink that is best sipped on the beach! This infusion takes many of the common rum punch flavors and infuses them directly in the rum. I like to serve the resulting infusion with a splash of orange juice and pineapple juice.

Strawberry Basil Infused Rum Recipe

Strawberry basil infused rum This infusion always reminds me of eating ripe strawberries and relaxing on the deck. With the basil adding a nice hint of spice to the rum infusion, it goes great in a mojito, rum punch and a fizz.

Peach Infused Brandy Recipe

Sous vide infused peach brandy Making your own infusion allows you to produce the exact flavors you are looking for. This peach brandy recipe infuses the sweetness and fruity flavors from ripe peaches into brandy. It also works well with other fruits or berries.

Barrel Aged Negroni Infusion Recipe

Barrel aged negroni You can make nice versions of aged cocktails in a few hours with a Mason jar by taking advantage of the quick and easy sous vide process. It does not give the cocktail as much body as aging it for 6 weeks in a barrel, but it still is a satisfying drink.

Apple and Pear Infused Gin Recipe

Sous vide infused apple pear gin The light, fruity flavors of apples and pears complement the herbal notes from the gin, resulting in a rounded infusion full of flavors. The infused gin is great in martinis and holds up well to other complex cocktails.

Apple Pie Bourbon Infusion Recipe

Apple pie infused bourbon ingredients This bourbon is flavored with fresh apples and classic apple pie spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. It's a perfect bourbon infusion to sip with dessert or make into a liqueur.

Espresso Infused Bourbon Recipe

Expresso infused bourbon sous vide Bourbon holds up wonderfully to the strong flavor of espresso and this infusion results in a rich, bold bourbon that can be used in many different cocktails. For a fun variation you can also add a vanilla bean or cinnamon stick to the infusion.

Black Cherry Infused Rye Recipe

Black cherry sous vide infused rye The fruity cherry notes in this infusion complement the spicy rye and tone down its bite. The cinnamon and clove also contribute background flavors to round out the infusion. The resulting infusion can be enjoyed over ice or mixed into cocktails.

Arnold Palmer Infused Vodka Recipe

Arnold palmer sous vide infused vodka I like to mimic an Arnold Palmer by infusing vodka with the lemon and tea flavors, resulting in a flavorful addition to drinks on a hot day. I infuse the lemons first to fully extract their flavors, then add the tea near the end to minimize the bitterness that can be released.

Spiced Ground Cherry Infused Vodka Recipe

Ground cherry sous vide infused vodka Ground cherries, or golden berries, have a sweet and tart flavor, that makes a flavorful sous vide vodka infusion. I add some nutmeg and ginger to round out the flavors and contribute some spiciness.

Chile Tomato Infused Vodka Recipe

Sun dried tomato chile infused vodka This recipe uses guajillo and chipotle chiles to infuse the vodka with smokey and spicy flavors that complement most Bloody Mary mixes. This vodka is very spicy and made to be mixed but it can be tweaked for a mellow, sipping style infusion.

Orange Vanilla Infused Vodka Recipe

Vanilla orange infused vodka The resulting vodka from this orange and vanilla sous vide infusion is citrusy with a deep vanilla backbone. It is awesome in a martini but my favorite is in a Creamsicle, a rich and creamy dessert cocktail.

Basil Infused Mozzarella Recipe

Basil siphon infused mozzarella square During the whipping siphon infusion process the aroma of the basil is transferred to the mozzarella, flavoring it and imbuing it with basil essence. Once the mozzarella is infused I like to serve it in a flavorful salad by adding roasted cherry tomatoes and pine nuts.

Fruit Salad Infused Broth Recipe

Fruit salad infused broth pouring The whipping siphon excels at extracting delicate flavors from food. Infusing water with different fruits creates a flavorful, fruity broth that can be used for chilled soups or as foams.

Bacon Infused Broth Recipe

Bacon infused broth whipping siphon The smoky, rich flavor of bacon can be extracted into a water infusion to create a flavorful broth. I add some peppercorns and rosemary to round out the flavors. I serve it as a soup base with steamed vegetables and roasted pork pieces as garnish.

Cherry Vanilla Bitters Infusion Recipe

Cherry vanilla bitters whipping siphon These cherry vanilla bitters are made with a whipping siphon infusion process and are a great way to add rich and deep undertones to your favorite cocktails whenever you want.

Mint Infused Simple Syrup Recipe

Mint infused simple syrup siphon Infusing pre-homemade simple syrup with mint results in a lighter, more aromatic syrup. This mint simple syrup adds hints of mint to many drinks and is especially good in mojitos or iced tea.

Citrus Infused Oil Recipe

Citrus whipping infused oil Using the whipping siphon infusion method to capture the nuanced flavors of citrus zest in oil is an excellent way to quickly add it to various dishes.

Thai Chili Infused Peanut Oil Recipe

Thai chile infused peanut oil Infusing bird's eye chili peppers and Thai chili peppers into peanut oil is a great way to harness their fruity flavors and hot spices while making them easy to use in dishes whenever you want.

Tuscan Olive Oil Infusion Recipe

Tuscan infused olive oil This infusion, made with a whipping siphon, encapsulates many of the traditional flavors of Tuscan cooking in a rich and bold olive oil.

Pear Ginger Vinegar Infusion Recipe

Pear ginger whipping siphon infused vinegar Sweet pears and spicy ginger meld together into a flavorful vinegar infusion that is fantastic on sushi or sprinkled over steamed fish. The resulting pickled pears make a great addition to a chutney or used as a garnish.

Citrus Infused Vinegar Recipe

Citrus siphon orange lime infused vinegar I often use a few splashes of this vinegar to brighten up the dish by adding even more freshness with the infusion of lemon, lime, grapefruit, and orange peels. It's a perfect topping to drizzle on salads or add to cocktails to provide some sour notes.

Smokey Chile Pepper Vinegar Infusion Recipe

Smokey chile pepper siphon infused vinegar The whipping siphon infusion method excels at pulling out the fruity flavors of ingredients before the spiciness. Don't worry though, this infused vinegar still packs a punch!

White Sangria Infused Wine Recipe

White sangria infused wine siphon White sangria infused wine is a popular fruity, sweet refreshment. Using the whipping siphon infusion process makes the wine more robust because all the flavor from the fruits is extracted.

Grapefruit Tonic Infused Gin Recipe

Siphon infused grapefruit tonic gin I use a whipping siphon process to quickly infuse gin with tonic flavors, resulting in a tart alcohol that isn't watered down. Infusing grapefruit adds acidity and citrus notes while cinchona bark adds the quinine tonic flavor.

Cucumber and Sour Apple Infused Gin Recipe

Cucumber sour apple siphon infused gin This infusion adds the sweet and tart subtle flavors of cucumber and sour apples to the natural gin taste of juniper and herbs. Enjoy this infused gin over ice with club soda or just a splash of tonic water!

Pineapple Kiwi Infused Tequila Recipe

Pineapple kiwi infused tequila This tropical tasting tequila infusion is fruity and flavorful. The pineapple and kiwi add sweetness with a touch of sour, making the infusion a great liquor to use in sours or margaritas.

Cinnamon Simple Syrup Infusion Recipe

Cinnamon infused simple syrup sous vide Sous vide simple syrups are a breeze to make and allows me to keep it on hand for easy use! This cinnamon syrup infusion recipe has a spicy and sweet quality to it that I just love to add to drinks or carbonate it by itself.

Mojito Infused Rum Recipe

Mojito infused rum whipping siphon Mojitos are a combination of tart lime and fresh mint combined with simple syrup and sparkling water over ice. By using a mojito-infused rum you can quickly serve up this refreshing cocktail any time!

Chocolate Mint Infused Vodka Recipe

Mint chocolate infused vodka2 I used the whipping siphon to quickly infuse fresh mint and rich cocoa nibs into vodka for a delightful drink. It is great in a martini and adds a lot of nuance to a White Russian.

Lemon Infused Vodka Recipe

Limoncello low Lemon infused vodka is a citrusy, flavorful drink and the base for limoncello. By using the whipping siphon to quickly extract the flavors from the lemon peels, the final product is a little less rounded but still so refreshing.

Nitrous Oaked Manhattan Infusion Recipe

Nitrous oaked manhattan Nitrous oaking is a take on the barrel aging prepared cocktails process by utilizing the whipping siphon. The high pressures draw out the caramel flavors from the toasted oak chips and infuse them into the liquid.

Chocolate Pecan Infused Bourbon Recipe

Chocolate pecan infused bourbon This infusion pairs rich chocolate and nutty pecans in a bourbon that is robust and full of flavor. It's great served on the rocks but it also makes a mean Manhattan!

Orange Cinnamon Vanilla Infused Cream Recipe

Orange vanilla infused cream This recipe shows you how to infuse a flavorful cinnamon vanilla cream with traditional methods. It makes for a great addition to milk shakes, gelled into panna cotta or even whipped into whip cream!

Grapefruit Bitters Infusion Recipe

Grapefruit bitters dropper top Grapefruit bitters are a versatile infusion that adds citrus notes as well as the classic aromatics. It provides a bright spark in martinis, mojitos and other drinks made of light spirits.

Root Beer Syrup Infusion Recipe

Homemade root beer syrup bottle This root beer infusion recipe makes a thick, sweet syrup you can mix with club soda, use in cocktails, or naturally ferment for a tasty refreshment!

Ginger Infused Simple Syrup Recipe

Ginger infused simple syrup Making your own ginger simple syrup allows you to control the spiciness of the resulting infusion. Now you can easily add a zing of ginger flavor to cocktails or refreshing club soda.

Rosemary Infused Oil Recipe

Rosemary oil2 This simple infusion results in an aromatic, flavorful olive oil full of rosemary flavor. Add another flavor dimension by drizzling the resulting oil over an entree!

Pesto Infused Oil Recipe

Pesto infused olive oil In this recipe I infuse olive oil with the classic flavors of Italian pesto. The flavorful oil can then be drizzled on various dishes from pasta to meat to fish to help finish them off.

Roasted Beet Infused Vinegar Recipe

Roasted beet infused vinegar Infusing roasted beets and toasted spices in vinegar transfers the deep, well rounded flavors into the liquid. The resulting rich and versatile vinegar can be used with many dishes.

Strawberry Rhubarb Infused Vinegar Recipe

Strawberry rhubarb infused vinegar higher The addition of some strawberries to the rhubarb helps to mellow the flavor and add some sweetness while the mint contributes a background freshness to the vinegar infusion.

Barrel Aged Alaska Cocktail Infusion Recipe

Barrel aged alaska Barrel aging is the process that gives whiskey, dark rum, aged tequila and many types of wine their flavor. This barrel aged infusion recipe is for the Alaska Cocktail.

Bushmills Hot Toddy Infusion Recipe

Hot toddy infused bushmills A hot toddy is a classic cold- and flu-killing drink consisting of hot water and whiskey flavored with lemon and cloves. This hot toddy infusion might not cure you of your sickness but it sure tastes great!

Dried Chile Pepper Tequila Infusion Recipe

Dried chile pepper infused tequila shot This tequila infusion takes on a spicy, fruity, smokey flavor of dried chile peppers; it's a great way to add complexity to different cocktails. I really like it in a paloma or Bloody Mary drink!

Blackberry Basil Infused Rum Recipe

Blackberry basil infused rum In this infusion the sweet and tart flavor of blackberries pairs wonderfully with the slightly spicy and herbal basil. It is a fruity, flavorful addition to many cocktails and is especially tasty in rum punch or as a liqueur.

Sous Vide Sea Bass with Microgreens and Mustard Oil

Mustard infused oil swordfish herb salad Sea bass is a light and flavorful fish whose taste can be easily overpowered. This recipe pairs it with a pungent mustard oil that really shines on a micro-greens salad with basil, radish, and tomato.

Sous Vide Rosemary and Sage Infused Oil

Rosemary oil This recipe focuses on the subtle flavors of the rosemary and sage by using a neutral base oil. With a sous vide machine, the infusion process is simple: combine the ingredients, heat, cool and store! What a great flavor enhancing finishing oil for fish dishes!

Sous Vide Tarragon, Lemon, and Shallot Vinaigrette

Tarragon lemon infused vinaigrette This recipe infuses the flavors of shallot, lemon, and tarragon into a vinegar and then makes it into a light, bright vinaigrette. This pairing adds several base layers of flavor to the fish. For a modernist twist, thicken it into a sauce with xanthan gum!

Sous Vide Raspberry Infused Vinaigrette

Raspberry infused vinegar Infused vinegars are a great way to add subtle flavors to vinaigrettes and sauces. When making your own sous vide can compress the infusion process into a matter of hours instead of week or months. I like to use this refreshing raspberry vinaigrette on spinach salad or as a sauce on white fish.

Sous Vide Chile-Tomato Infused Vodka Bloody Mary

Sun dried tomato chile infused vodka This recipe uses guajillo and chipotle chiles to infuse the vodka with smokey and very spicy flavors that complement most Bloody Mary mixes. You can reduce the spiciness by only using 1 guajillo pepper.

Chile Foam Crostini Recipe

Chile pepper oil foam This crostini recipe infuses the heat, smokiness and flavor of dried chiles into canola oil, which is then thickened into a foam. It is also a good topping for grilled meats or as a spicy spread for fresh bread. The process of infusing oil with flavors before thickening it leads to countless variations you can adapt to any dish.

White Bean Puree with Rosemary Oil Recipe

Rosemary oil2 This recipe is a great crostini topping for any party, especially if some attendees might be less adventurous eaters! It resembles a more traditional dish but it have a subtle modernist touch. Garnishing the white bean puree with lemon zest pulls in even more highlights to the food.

Maple-Pecan Panna Cotta Recipe

Maple pecan panna cotta This recipe infuses milk with the great flavor of maple and pecan then turns it into a tender panna cotta dessert. The common modernist gelling ingredients of iota carrageean and kappa carrageenan are used to make the panna cotta portion; an immersion blender and a whipping siphon are both modernist equipment used to make this delicate ending to your meal.

Quick Limoncello Recipe

Limoncello low Limoncello is a classic Italian digestif from Southern Italy made by macerating lemon peels in alcohol for up to a month. In this recipe I use the modernist equipment power of the whipping siphon to reduce the process down to only 5 minutes. This end product is added to sugar and water; now it's ready to use.

Creamsicle with Sous Vide Infused Orange-Vanilla Vodka Recipe

Vanilla orange infused vodka Using sous vide infused vanilla-orange vodka makes this modernist cocktail extra flavorful and the half and half adds a richness that cannot be beat.

Honey Goat Cheese Recipe with Port-Infused Figs

Whipped goat cheese flatbreads Honey goat cheese is already light and airy but in this recipe it gets a modernist cooking twist by using a whipping siphon to turn it into creamy clouds. I serve it on small flatbreads with port-infused figs for a fun texture and taste combination!

Strawberry Daiquiri Agar Gel Cubes Recipe

Strawberry daiquiri agar gel close These cocktail cubes are a fun way to entertain your guests. They are rum infused strawberries encased in a daiquiri cube. When you bite into them the cube starts off with a sweet and tart flavor followed up by the kick of the rum-infused strawberries.

Orange-Cinnamon Infused Bourbon

Orange cinnamon infused bourbon My favorite end-of-day drink has to be bourbon. Most days I'll stick to my favorite brands on the rocks or I'll make a Manhattan, but sometimes I'm up for trying something different. In this case, an orange-cinnamon infused bourbon made with my whipping siphon.

Carbonated Watermelon Salad

Carbonated watermelon salad While the most common and well-known use of a whipping siphon is to create foams you can also use it to infuse liquids and to carbonate liquids. In this modernist recipe, I carbonate the water in watermelon to make a fizzy salad. It's a unique way to present an easy summer dish.

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