Bruise the lemongrass with the back of a knife 4 to 5 times. Place the lemongrass, peppercorns, chiles and lime leaves in a decorative bottle, pour over the vodka and seal. Turn or shake the bottle once a day for a week.
Gift Note: Give the bottle with this recipe for a Bloody Mary: Stir together 1/2 ounce Thai Bird Vodka, dash fish sauce or Worcestershire and Sriracha to taste. Pour over 1 cup ice and top with 1 cup fresh tomato juice. Garnish with a stalk of lemongrass, mint and/or Thai basil. Makes 1 drink.
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