August 28, 2013

Vodka Zinger Review

vodkazing-thumb.pngWe've spent the last few weeks playing around with our Vodka Zinger liquor infusion system for the last few weeks off and on, and we've put together some thoughts on the system and how well it works. Liquor infusions are a quick and easy way to impart some new flavors into your booze, and it's a fun hobby for a lot of people who are looking into dipping a toe into the mixology pool. So - does the Vodka Zinger simplify the infusion of your booze enough to justify the price tag, or are you better off sticking to your mason jars and strainers?

Full disclosure: even though this thing is called Vodka Zinger, we didn't actually flavor any vodka. We did make strawberry rum, jalapeno tequila, and peach bourbon, among other things. The thing was a juggernaut of stainless steel and solid plastic, and we had no fear of hurting it during our half-in-the-bag infusion sessions.

The Worries:

  • When we first played with the Vodka Zinger, we had some issues with liquid leaking out of the top when we went to shake it. We thought we were overfilling it, but it turned out there may have actually been placing the blade cap wrong, not the top of the unit.

  • We started to see some weird discoloration of the white plastic on the 'zinger, which could be fixed by darkening the color of the plastic, which is handled a lot.

  • A lot of the booze actually got sucked into the fruit - making you feel like you're losing some of your investment. We usually infuse on a bigger scale, so we're used to it but on this small scale you notice it more. This is just an occupational hazard - if you're worried about losing some of your hooch, just eat the fruit or put it in your cocktails.

  • We've heard about people having trouble screwing the unit together with fruit or other infusion items in it...they block the unit from locking together without pre-crushing.

The Wins:

  • For people who regularly buy flavored vodkas and other spirits, you can get similar flavor profiles without chemical colors or flavors.

  • We were able to screw our unit with no problems after only light pre-chopping, and the blades on the 'zinger were able to open things up to a good amount of flavor.

  • The mesh filter did a great job of separating the infusion from the booze without having to worry about messing with strainers.

  • The crushing action of the 'zinger got more flavor into our booze from most of the infusion items we used, shaving time off our experimentation and allowing us to get a feel for infusions before we committed a lot of booze, fruit/flavors, and time to the process.

We were more or less happy with the Vodka Zinger, and we can see ourselves using it as a test case without requiring too much in terms of ingredients or time. This let us attack multiple infusions without having to wait until our beards turned gray to see how the flavor turned out. Recommended for infusion enthusiasts.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at August 28, 2013 9:19 PM
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