Best Summer Date Ideas: Food & Drink Trends

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#39: Hands On: Make Your Own Cocktail Infusions

Between the shelves of fruit-flavored vodka at the liquor store and the long list of flavored liquors popping up on bar menus, infused spirits are everywhere this year. But why stand elbow-to-elbow with dozens of boozy bar patrons to give the trend a taste? Make a sweet and spicy date night out of it with this recipe for Blackbeard Spiced Rum's apple infusion:

Directions: Pour seven liters of BlackBeard Spiced Rum in a large glass jar and add nine large ripe, peeled, and cored apples (Fuji or Gala). Stab another apple with three scented cloves, add to jar, and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Keep in a cool, dark place for at least 10 days before drinking (at which point, remove and discard the apple with the cloves). Then kick it up a notch to make the Apple Hook Infusion cocktail: Shake up two ounces of the infusion with one ounce of apple juice, half an ounce of lime juice, and half an ounce of simple syrup, and strain over an ice-filled glass.

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