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Infused Vodka: How to make your own Vodka Infusions

vodka beetsSo you’re at this swanky bar that has a separate menu for their own special cocktail drinks and you see some pretty crazy concoctions. Rather than using flavored vodkas, they have opted to use their own batch of vodka infusions from various herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables. Vodka (and gin for that matter) possess another quality besides being able to get you drunk. Because they are light with little to no flavor, they are able to take on the flavors of other ingredients around them. From habanero peppers, to watermelon, to even skittles, infused vodka is a fun way to create your own original flavored vodka.

The process is relatively simple: take vodka, and let it marinate and absorb the surrounding flavors. For my vodka infusion, I made beet infused vodka. Sounds weird huh? Well I love beets and they have a high amount amount of sugar, starches and strong flavor to make a very unique flavor of vodka. I’ll walk you through my process step by step to make it really easy for you!

 

Step 1. Prepare your work space

 

infused vodka setup

What you’re going to need is your fruit or vegetable infuser (as fresh as possible), vodka, an air tight sealed jar, and a knife or tool to help you slice up the infuser. I prefer hermetic jars because they have a washer to prevent any leakage or air seeping in and a clamp to ensure it stays shut. Feel free to use mason jars if you prefer those.

 

Step 2. Slice up your fruit or vegetable

 

how to infuse vodka

 


You don’t have to have a fancy KitchenAid to complete this step. Using a mandolin or peeler will work equally as well. If you are using herbs or spices, you may not need to do this step. You basically just want to open up the fruit or vegetable to allow maximum exposure for your infused vodka.

 

Step 3. Place fruit/vegetable in hermetic jar with vodka

 

infused vodka beets


Fill up your jar with your infuser and add vodka. If you are using a lighter flavored infuser (ie. cucumbers) then you may need to add more than my example of beets. I used 2 whole beets to about 750 ml of vodka.

vodka infusion recipe

 

You may already see a color change in your jar. Once your jar is sealed, it’s time to store it away in a dark cabinet, away from light. You want to keep it away from the sun to avoid deterioration and rotting. Make sure to not open it for a minimum of 3 days. In addition, make sure to shake your jar a few times a day. This will speed up the break down of the infuser for maximum flavor in your vodka.

 

Step 4. Filter your vodka into a separate container

 

infused vodka recipe


You can pick up cheap funnel sets at dollar stores like Dollar Tree for only a buck. Place a coffee filter in the funnel and slowly pour your vodka through it. When your fruit or vegetable breaks down, tiny particles will break off and you’ll have a slight sedimentation in your vodka infusion. Filtering is important to avoid getting particle settlement in the final product of your infused vodka. It takes a while to filter through, so be patient.


Step 5. Store your infused vodka in a container for future use

 

beet infused vodka


I basically just cleaned out my hermetic jar and will be using it for storage. The shelf life of fresh fruit and vegetable infusions is somewhere around 2-4 weeks, depending on the infuser. The alcohol will prevent any growth in the drink, but the taste will gradually decline. I recommend finding an old vodka bottle or nice glass bottle with a cap for easy pouring (these hermetic jars are somewhat difficult to pour out of).


Oh, and in case your wondering, this beet infused vodka turned out great! Smells just like beets and have used it to make a great beet and basil martini!


Use this basic vodka infusion recipe to make any kind of flavored vodka you can think of!

 

The fun thing about this is that only your imagination can stop you from all sorts of exciting infused vodka creations. Some other fun infused vodkas involve cucumbers, jalapenos, basil and rosemary, and even bacon! So go for it and give it a try!

If you want even more help with your infused vodka, check out the video where you can see me do every step! Good luck and let me know what kind of vodka infusions you make or want to see me make!

 

6 comments

  1. I was planning on making a few bottles at a time, an read that infusions can last 3-4 years. Is that dependent on the fruit/veg? Do you think that can be extended by refrigerating, freezing, vacuum sealing?

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  2. i love using strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, skittles (yes like the article said but you have to use enough for it to take on the flavor but not too much to where its nothing but sugar), peaches, plums, nectarines, anything really. just depends on your taste buds.

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  3. i bought a 2.4gal “home essentials” drink dispenser. it is glass and has a spout at the bottom like a big orange gatorade cooler. my intent is to use it to add fruit alcohol and use it kinda like a jagerator but….better.

    my only concern is the lid did not come with any hard plastic/rubber/cork around it so its not air tight. i have done this many times in mason jars and other containers that were air tight but never in a container where the lid just sits on top. yes, it does cover it completely so no random dust would float in from the air but its not AIR TIGHT.

    also, im OCD. i CAN NOT just wrap plastic wrap around the top. that will look like garbage and i cant have that. is there any way i can wrap the lid in cork or rubber or something to make the seal air tight?

    any suggestions??? thanks.

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  4. what fruits and vegetables can I use to infuse vodka. can you provide me with a list of suggestions?

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    • anything you can think of!
      Apples, oranges, kiwis, mangoes, lemons, cucumbers, etc.

      Don’t be afraid to experiment!

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