Sous Vide Mole Bitters Infusion Recipe
Moles are very richly flavored, complex Mexican sauces. Using the spices present in many types of moles in an infusion allows you to quickly add a deepness of flavor with smokey, spicy notes to any drink you want. The main flavors that come through are mulatto chile peppers, chocolate, and raisin. Some of the ingredients can be hard to find but there are several websites listed in the Ingredient and Tool Sources section that supply them.
Mole Bitters Infusion Ingredients
1.5 cups vodka
3 mulatto or ancho chile peppers
1/4 cup cocoa nibs
1 tablespoon dried orange peel
3 tablespoons raisins
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon dried wormwood
1/2 teaspoon gentian root
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon cloves
Mole Bitters Infusion Instructions
Preheat a water bath to 140°F (60.0°C).
Remove the stems and most of the seeds from the chile peppers then coarsely chop the flesh. Combine all of the ingredients in a sous vide bag or Mason jar then seal. Infuse in the water bath for 2 to 4 hours.
Prepare an ice bath with 1/2 ice and 1/2 water. Remove the bag or Mason jar from the water bath and place in the ice bath for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain the bitters, squeezing any liquid out, and store in a sealed container. They will last for several months if stored in a cabinet or cupboard.
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