Many years ago, I made fruit-infused vodkas (apricot and cherry) as gifts for some friends. It was incredibly easy and quite tasty. I decided to use Melissa's fruit to make nectarine vodka.
I cut several nectarines into chunks and put them in a glass canning jar.
I filled the jar with vodka so that it covered the fruit. I used a medium quality vodka- not the most expensive I could find, but not the least either. I put on the lid and moved the jar to a cabinet, away from heat and light.
Each day, I shook the container and returned it to the cabinet. Here's how it looked on Days 1, 2 and 5.
Then I challenged Steve to a Nectarine Vodka Throwdown. Let me start by saying that neither of us drinks much or often. We know a fair bit about wine, but next to nothing about mixed drinks. We have a few types of alcohol in the house, but certainly not enough for anyone who actually knows something about inventing mixed drinks. But as I've said before, I never let the fact that I have no clue how to do something stop me, whether it's jewelry making, cake decorating, or vodka-drink inventing.
With no idea what I was doing, I mixed together 1 oz. nectarine vodka and 1 oz. orange juice and poured them in a martini glass. I added Sprite until it seemed sort of full, then poured in a splash of grenadine. Pretty! It tasted good, but the nectarine flavor was not very prominent.
Steve dug around in the cabinet and found dry vermouth. He mixed 1 oz. nectarine vodka, 1/2 oz. of dry vermouth, 1/8 tsp. sugar, and 1 oz. Sprite. He poured it in the glass and added a splash of grenadine. The resulting drink was... um... drinkable. Almost. I took two sips to give it a fair chance, but it did not earn my vote for winner of the Throwdown.
I decided to enter a second drink in the Throwdown. My contest, my rules.... right?
We have a decent collection of Torani syrups for making sno-cones. Perhaps one would go well with nectarine vodka? I rejected root beer right away, along with lemon, cherry, and orange. All would overwhelm the flavor of the nectarine. Then I found the vanilla. Hmmm.... I mixed 1 oz. vanilla Torani with 1 oz. nectarine vodka, then add the juice and zest of one lemon. Delicious! I promptly declared myself the winner.