Making drinks with a vaporizer? Well, not exactly.
Although vaporizers, like the popular Volcano, resemble an oversized cocktail shaker, I wouldn’t go trying to pour Gin and Tonic into it to inhale the vapor.
Instead, professional “Mixologists” like Stephanie Marco use the Volcano vaporizer digital to infuse cocktail concoctions, like Cosmopolitans, with fresh rosemary. The rosemary is vaporized and added to the Cosmo, from the Volcano’s tube whip, to give it a flavorful aroma without the taste of dried Rosemary in your cocktail glass.
Already known as new technology in culinary appliances in the world of Aromatization, Mixologists are now getting a chance to show their creativity with vaporizing at the Bar. By directly infusing the air in the alcohol with vapor from dried herbs, drinks like the common Martini, are now having refreshing flavors infused into it, without adding sugary liqueurs.
Buying infused bottles of alcohol can be expensive. A one-time investment in a vaporizer can have you creating top shelf cocktails on your own.
But if you work on the other side of the Bar, sites like thetastespot.com already see vaporizers, the Volcano specifically, as a revolutionary device for Mixologists and Bartenders.
Cocktail bars, like Aviary in Chicago, are using vaporizing as the theme for their cocktails. In addition to using the Volcano to infuse creations like the “a three-layered brandy cocktail”, co-owner Grant Achatz has designed a special glass, ironically shaped like the Volcano, to capture and hold the infused aroma.
The drinker is encouraged to lean over the glass, not pick it up, and enjoy the Applewood-infused flavor. The glass is designed with a concave reservoir at its’ base, so that every last drop can be sipped.
Nothing else is added to the cocktail, giving the drinker a light, authentic and aromatic experience not only to the palette of the tongue, but also the nose.
Nice video on how to make a vape cocktail …
Tips for vaporizer cocktails
The cocktail infusion concept is a very new idea. There are some recipes online. There are four main themes that seem to be consistent with the recipes…
- Make sure you have a vaporizer that can be set between 175°C and 405°C (175°F to 205°F)
- Be sure that herbs you will be infusing your cocktails with are finely ground.
- Use a tube attached to the vaporizer to directly infuse the alcohol in the glass it will be served in by either holding the tube above the alcohol, or dipping the tube into the alcohol for several seconds.
- Repeat the infusion process several times until desired aroma is reached.
For infusing cocktails, I suggest the Volcano vaporizer.
It is an extremely precise vaporizer in regards to heat and temperature, and its maximum heat setting is 230°C (446°F).
There are other great vaporizers out there, but none of them come close to the max temp of the Volcano.
At this point, with the very recent introduction of vaporizers at the bar, most infused cocktail recipes seem to be trial and error.
This is a good thing, because it means that the infusion process, like making cocktails, is not an exact science.
Variations and combinations in flavors can be experimented with. New herbs will find their way next to the olives and sliced lemons and limes. And, more Bartenders, and just people interested in mixing drinks using vapor aroma, will be able to express themselves and show off their cocktail creativity. There will be all sorts of infused drinks coming out of the woodwork in the near future.
There are plenty of ideas and combinations to experiment with. Give one a try, make up your own creation, or search out bars near you using vaporizer and infusion technology. Cheers.
Read on for some cocktail recipes that can be made using the Volcano Vaporizer.
1 ½ oz tequila 2 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper (dried and finely ground) ½ oz. Orange Liqueur (Cointreau or Triple Sec) 1 oz. squeezed lime juice 3/4 oz agave nectar 8 Organic washed blueberries cubes of ice
- Turn the vaporizer on, and set it at a low temperature, between 215-305. Fill the chamber with Cayenne Pepper.
- As the vaporizer warms up combine berries, cointreau, and lime juice in a glass.
- In a separate glass, pour a shot of tequila and submerge the tip of the vaporizer’s mixology attachment.
- Once the vaporizer reaches temperature, apply the filling chamber and turn on the fan or pump.
- Allow the vapor to bubble through the tequila for about 30 seconds. Do so 2-3 times.
- Combine all remaining ingredients in a glass. No need to strain, vaporizers bring the flavors without the fibers.
- Pour over ice and serve.
Mint-Ginger infused Caipiroska
3 slices of fresh ginger root - 1 ½ teaspoons of turbinado or raw organic cane sugar - 5 mint sprigs - 4 ounces of white rum - 1 whole lime, sliced
- Combine three slices of fresh ginger and four mint sprigs in your blender or grinder and bring to a finely chopped/ground state. Place the resulting mixture into the filling chamber and set your vaporizer to high heat, between 375-425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- While the vaporizer warms up, mix the rum and freshly squeezed lime juice together in a cocktail shaker.
- Place the mixology attachment in the shaker and turn on the fan, allowing the vapors to bubble through the mixture in 10-15 second bursts for up to two minutes.
- Fill the shaker with ground ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled highball glass. Add turbinado or cane sugar over the top of the drink.
- Garnish with the remaining mint sprig.
Yields 1 cocktail
TIP: When using fresh ginger root and mint leaves, it is best to prolong the drink’s exposure to the vapor in order to ensure the flavor is well infused.
Of course, adding or not adding other flavors via liqueurs is entirely up to the cocktail’s creator. The Vape Experts have a great recipe for a Rose Petal Vodka Martini, in which they suggest using syrup or Agave nectar.
So what do you think? Would you try this out at home?
Do you have any recipes of your own? Share them in the comments! We would love to try them out:)