Infusion Method Two: Vodka-based syrup
This yields a very sweet, slightly thicker and more syrupy consistency that we liked in lemonade and iced tea.
- 3/4 – 1 cup fresh, washed stevia leaves
- 1 cup vodka (any brand)
Coarsely chop washed, fresh leaves and place in a clean glass jar. Fill jar with vodka, making sure the leaves are completely covered. Cover jar tightly with lid and give it shake. Let steep for 48 hours in a cool location out of direct sun (to keep it nice and green). After 48 hours the mixed can get bitter so watch the clock.
Strain leaves from vodka, then put infused vodka into a small saucepan over low heat so that it warms but does not boil. This will remove the alcohol and concentrate the sweetness. Pour into a small, tightly-lidded bottle and store in the refrigerator-it will last for several months.