Experiments with Laughing Gas

Those of you in the know are well aware that I recently bought an iSi Gourmet Whip Plus. Most people use them to make whipped cream, a purpose which this devices handles deftly, but we are not most people.

Fancy chefs also use these for foams and emulsions. [We’ll save those for a latter date.]

Today we’ll be using it to infuse booze with flavor.

Our first base spirit is white rum.

Why white rum?

Because I don’t keep vodka in my house and the white rum was the cheapest base spirit I had available. I think I paid $14 for a full liter.

And I love daiquiris.

So much.

*…drinks two daiquiris…*

aaaand we’re back.

The results were absolutely fantastic.

GIVE IT A SHOT.


Basic Infusion Recipe:

  • 10g of something (lemon, pistachios, etc)
  • 10g of some complementary flavor (basil, coffee, etc)
  • 120ml (4oz) base spirit (vodka, rum, whiskey, etc)

Equipment:

  • Cream whipper (e.g., iSi Gourmet Whip Plus)
  • N2O charger (not CO2)
  • A sturdy liver

Recipe

  1. Add all ingredients to the whipper, secure lid, charge with N2O charger, and shake for a few seconds.
  2. Gently swirl or vigorously shake for 60 seconds.
  3. Slowly vent the gas. [Feel free to inhale if you like rum-flavored whippets].
  4. Strain and reserve the liquid. Discard the solids. Use in your new favorite drinks!