“Healthy lifestyle” infused vodka – Saturday Weekly Recipe Post

I LOVE me some VODKA.. 😉

Don’t judge!… HA!  and, personally- I really wouldn’t care if you did 😉

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I THOROUGHLY enjoy my cocktail hour, and my “Bloody Mary Sunday’s”, and ..just the idea of having a cocktail, whenever.

Since we started this WOE, we have definitely “cut back” on our alcohol intake, as it’s not so much a diet (per se’), but has fast become a healthier way of life for the both of us. Be advised, I will never, ever completely give up wine, happy bubbles, or vodka..(or tequila, or a good spiced rum for that matter..!) HA…Sadly, beer  I bid you Adieu’ and I know that Cerveza’..has an extremely limited future in my life, but- that’s ok..this is all by conscious CHOICE.

We are currently in AU, and alcohol with the exception of local wines IS SO EXPENSIVE! Typically we would spend 15-20 bucks on Absolut vodka. HERE, in Oz…it goes for 38-40AUD for 750 ml..(WTF!!!???.) Shocking…I’m on sabbatical, and on a budget, and sadly- our past ways of enjoying of “spirits” as we did while living in Mexico…it just doesn’t fit as desired on our current Western lifestyle budget..(ho hum)

Don’t GET me started on our fondness for Tequila.. After coming from almost a YEAR hanging out in MX, and being able to sample EVERY local agave under the sun, some of the FINEST..it NEVER cost us more than 25 bucks a bottle ( and- that was for RESERVA’!)  ahhh …such great memories 😉  So, yes..the shock of returning to a wildly expensive, Western culture..IT HAS a severe, harsh price tag. And, sadly we can NOT “drink away our troubles” about it, as we would end up in the poor house in a few months. Here, even the “ROT-GUT” Tequila, is NO LESS than 45AUD !!..SHOCKING, but, alas- an “excuse” for cutting back, and coming up with new ways to “stretch” out my fondness for drinking.

I have fast become a “sipper”..Since starting the “low carb” way of life, I completely abstained from alcohol for 7 weeks 52 days to be exact.. just because….it was sad,( as I said I ENJOY drinking) but, it was do-able. I do it every time I am deployed for months on end. I made this time abstaining, as a conscious choice, to give my amazing titanium-like liver a break after an entire 14 months of traveling the world, and imbibing whenever, wherever we choice 😉

NO REGRETS, as I said, I ENJOY my cocktails 😉  As of late, and becoming completely keto-adapted, I started incorporating my drinks into my Keto-lifestyle, always staying within my macros, but still enjoying life, as it is meant to be enjoyed 😉 I stick to Martini’s, Gibson’s, and Vodka and soda, as well as the occasional wine, and sparkling wine as I LOVE love the grape 😉

As for vodka infused  tea, you will be essentially making an “iced tea”, so keep that in mind. Chose what your favorite herbal flavoured teas are, and ones that won’t get bitter if they steep too long (such as green tea). I recently experimented with a Lemon Ginger blend, and a Peppermint Chammomile BOTH turned out lovely..I drink them straight, like a sipping thing. Brian tends to add club soda to his.

The “classic” recipes, call for mason jars, you are only using part of your 750 ml of voddy. OR, you can opt for the cheap budget version 😉  My first “batches”,  I used 1 recycled coconut oil jar, AND green olive jar HA! 😉

ANYWAY  I digress.. HAVE fun, enjoy, and…. Keep calm and Keto on

The Stuff you need:   – AND –    What to do with the Stuff:

3-4-5 bags of selected herbal tea bags in a jar with screw top lid ( I used 2 jars – for 2 different flavoured vodkas 😉 )

Cover with vodka ( I can’t afford to be picky here, so it’s whatever is “on sale”)   😉

Add 1-2 tsps of stevia

Shake/mix until dissolved; you can add more stevia after few hours of steeping (if desired)

Let sit for at least 2 hours in the fridge (the longer it “steeps”, the more like your chosen tea, it will taste)

This infusion will actually start to take on the essence of flavour of your favourite herbal tea, after about an hour

About 4-5 hours, it really brings out the tea infused flavour…

EN- (OH EMM GIZZLE)- JOYEE !

*****I’m the girl that is watching carb/calorie count, so- I literally just pour myself a nice “shot” in a rocks glass, and SIP IT 😉

Variations: combine with just iced tea, or float with soda water for a little fizz; add lemon, or lime slice, garnish (or even muddle) with fresh mint

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