Promoted as a cure-all for everything from stomach cramps to depression, insomnia and hang-over, "Erofeitch" is a particularly strong infusion – usually made with 90 proof vodka. I’m not sure it cures anything. But it will probably make you forget what was bothering you.
Legend has it that Erofeitch was named by Czarina Ekaterina II – who was famous for her promiscuity. One of her lovers, Alexei, got very ill. And despite all of Ekaterina’s efforts, no one in her court could find a cure for his sickness. The cure came from a barber, named Erofeitch, who had traveled to China where he learned how to make herb-infused drinks. He managed to cure Alexei with this vodka herb concoction and was generously awarded by Ekaterina. Since then, any strong herb-infused vodka has come to be known by his name.
See the chapter on Vodka Infusions in The Vodka Cookbook if you need any tips on preparing Erofeitch.
1 1/4 ounces (40 grams) mint, chopped
1 1/4 ounces (40 grams) anise seeds, ground
1/2 ounce (15 grams) nutmeg minced/chopped
1 1/2 liters 45 proof vodka
- Place mint, anise and nutmeg into a bottle. Add vodka, tightly seal and store in a dark, warm place for 2 weeks. Shake bottle daily.
- Filter through cheesecloth and store for use. Drink a shot as necessary.
by John Rose, author of The Vodka Cookbook