What exactly does "infused" mean?
I always thought infused meant chemically combining two different substances. Example: Infusing an anemic person with fresh blood. See what I mean?
Well, I hear that if you go to the Stalking Horse and order a cotton candy-infused martini, they put a tuft of cotton candy in a martini glass and dump vodka on it. Voila!
But that's really not fancy at all ...
I thought vodka infused with cotton candy meant they had somehow let the cotton candy marinate in the vodka days ahead of time, or something like that. I mean, Bacardi Limon is rum infused with citrus.
Then I looked up "infused" on dictionary.com. This is what it said:
/ɪnˈfyuz/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [in-fyooz] Show IPA Pronunciation
verb, -fused, -fus⋅ing.
–verb (used with object)
1. to introduce, as if by pouring; cause to penetrate; instill (usually fol. by into): The energetic new principal infused new life into the school.
2. to imbue or inspire (usually fol. by with): The new coach infused the team with enthusiasm.
3. to steep or soak (leaves, bark, roots, etc.) in a liquid so as to extract the soluble properties or ingredients.
4. Obsolete. to pour in.
Now I read the first definition and was like, 'Oh man, I was wrong. You can pour vodka on cotton candy and call it infused.'
But then I read the fourth definition, and it says pouring is an obsolete definition of infused.
So which one is it? Is it open for interpretation?
(Photo of a martini by the South Florida Sun-Sentinal)