"The root of suffering is attachment." - Buddha
Thoughts of attachment have come and go lately in my brain. And the irony of posting a vodka recipe with thoughts of attachment is comical in its own way. Not that I am telling people to detach from their situation via the consumption of alcohol, but the fusion of Buddha and Buddha's Hand, well, goes hand in hand with each other.
Humans have issues with attachment, mainly material goods.We find ourselves attached to so many things that we lose ourselves, or our happiness along the way.
Life is like a beautiful flower. The petals don't last forever and continue to go through the death and rebirth cycle. The natural world contains countless metaphors and lessons that we humans can take to heart. Attachment should not be confused with love. Attachment occurs out of fear and dependency, which many use alcohol to cope with their problems. A spirit (alcoholic beverage) can either enhance a situation or make it worse. It depends on the intention and the use.
Okay, enough of the deep thoughts and lets get to the point of the Buddha's Hand.
The Buddha's Hand is an exotic citrus fruit that crosses between the scent and the favor of an orange and lemon. The fruit is native to China and the Himalayas and not commonly found at all grocery stores.
The Buddha's Hand shape is the most puzzling. Because of traveling in Thailand and various regions in Asia, the hand is symbolic and looks "identical" to the real hand, just in a deformed citrus fruit type of way. Sweet like candy, it is unique in every way.
The most magical part of the Buddha's Hand is the scent. It is the most pure citrus scent you'll ever smell. It is a reminder that heaven is on earth. My kitchen smelled like the after effects of a citrus cloud crying sweet tears of lemon all over my kitchen. To say the least, scent is a powerful thing, like nirvana.
Buddhas-Hand Citrus Infused Vodka
Makes: 3 cups / 24 ounces / 800 ml
Time: 3 weeks - 4 months
What You Need:
1 Buddhas hand
3 cups / 24 ounces / 800 ml or more of vodka
1 mason jar
How to Make:
Cut the fingers of the Buddha's Hand off the base. Wash the Buddha's fingers and base as dirt sticks in between the fingers. After washing, cut the fingers length-wise, removing the excess white pith. I just removed enough and didn't go crazy over it. I used as much of the base as possible, mostly the peel. Place the Buddha's Hand and vodka in a mason jar.
Seal the jar and store in a cool and dark place. You can infuse for several weeks or several months. The longer it infuses the stronger the flavor and the vodka will turn yellow.
Prior to serving you may need to strain the vodka to remove any small pieces of fruit.
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Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com