DIY Vodka Flavoring

DIY: Vodka Flavorings

December 23, 2014 by Amanda Willis
 

Ever notice the amount of vodka flavors these days? It’s amazing to see all the combinations these spirit companies are coming up with! There are endless cocktail creations out there to be made with all the different flavors. I make sure to try as many as I can to get creative when it comes to my drinks, but usually the flavored vodka can be a little more expensive. So I figured I could flavor my own vodka! Follow these simple tips on how to flavor your favorite booze as well to impress your guests at your next soiree or the perfect last minute gift during this holiday season!

DIY Vodka Flavoring

First, you will need a few glass bottles. I found these at Home Goods, they are considered oil and vinegar bottle, but will be perfect for this project! Any glass bottle will work fine, just make sure it has a secure, air-tight top. They are about a liter in size.

Next, you will want to pick your flavors. I chose, Chili Pepper, Cinnamon and Peppermint flavors. There are so many possibilities of flavors to make! Take a trip down the vodka aisle at the liquor store to find inspiration. But super easy flavors to make are fruit, made with rinds of citrus or dried fruits. Or spices, made with fresh herbs or cloves. And there are also a ton of sweet flavors to make too, such as marshmallow, Twisters or vanilla. The key is to find dry indigents, things that will not break down once the booze hits it. (Marshmallows and cotton candy are an exception for the rule!)

Then pick your booze. My go to is always vodka, but these recipes will work for gin, white rum or tequila too! Always go middle shelf, nothing too fancy or sold by the gallon, this will ensure the best flavor.

DIY Vodka Flavoring

Chili Pepper Vodka

  • 1/2 cup of Whole Peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup Dried Calabrian Chilies
  • 16 oz. of Vodka or Gin of your choice
  • Sealed bottle

Combine the pepper and chilies in the bottle, pour vodka or gin over the spices and let sit for five to seven days. Shake the jar once a day to speed up the infusion process. To ensure that your vodka has the flavor you want it to, sample it after two days and then every day after that until it is the flavor you want!

Once the flavor is just right, strain out the flavored booze and dump the spices. Wash out the bottle and strain the liquid back in.

The Chili Pepper Vodka or Gin is perfect for a Spicy Bloody Mary or packing a flavor punch to a Gin and Tonic!

DIY: Vodka FlavorsPeppermint Vodka

  • 3-4 crushed Candy Canes
  • 16 oz plain Vodka
  • Sealed Bottle

Just about everything is peppermint flavored this holiday season, so why not your cocktails! This is super easy and super fast to make! After crushing the candy canes, dump them into the bottle followed by the vodka. The flavoring will happen under 24 hours as the candy canes will disintegrate from the alcohol, no straining necessary. And the booze will turn a fun pink color! Peppermint Martini’s on deck this Christmas Eve!

DIY: Vodka Flavors

Cinnamon Vodka

  • 5 to 6 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 16 oz. Vodka
  • Sealed Bottle

Add cinnamon sticks and vodka to the bottle, seal and let sit for five to seven days.¬†Shake the jar once a day to speed up the infusion process. To ensure that your vodka has the flavor you want it to, sample it after two days and then every day after that until it is the flavor you want! Once the flavoring is just right, strain out the cinnamon sticks and pour the vodka back in the bottle. The cinnamon flavoring is perfect for egg nog, seasonal sangrias or … straight!

 

What other flavors could we add to spice up our favorite spirits? Give us some suggestions in the comments!

Cheers!

-Amanda

 


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