Drink straight up in a martini glass or, à la chefs' forays, from any container available before heading into the woods.
Adapted from "The Wild Table" with Connie Green and Sarah Scott.
Place 2/3 cup of lightly packed dried chanterelles and the contents of a 750-mililiter bottle of fine-quality vodka in a large, clean jar.
Cover and place in a dark place, swirling the jar every couple days.
Strain through a fine-mesh strainer and discard the chanterelles.
Pour into a clean bottle and store indefinitely in the freezer.
Note: Using dried chanterelles leaves the vodka clear. Fresh chanterelles make murky vodka.