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Bacon flavored vodka? You bet. The act of flavoring or “infusing” vodka yourself is not difficult and is becoming wildly popular.
Pick Your Flavor for Infusion

There are countless options to choose from when it comes to vodka flavors. You can use any fruit, vegetable, herb, or even a strip of bacon as your own taste playground.

Maybe you’ll want watermelon or citrus vodka on those hot, sunny days, or maybe warm yourself up during those chilly nights with honey pepper vodka or the newly popular tea vodka.

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Prepare the Ingredients for Infusion

Choose one to two pieces of fruit or veggies or two to three handfuls of berries, herbs, etc. Since you will likely be straining out the ingredients at the end of infusion, it doesn’t matter if you cut them in big pieces, slice them thin or muddle them.

Beware: If you choose to muddle or thinly slice your ingredients, the vodka will take on a more distinct color and flavor from them, which may be overbearing for stronger flavored ingredients.

Preparing the Infusion Vessel

It’s a good idea to find a big jar with a large mouth opening, to be able to fit all your ingredients (make sure the lid has an airtight seal). You can find big lemonade jars with spouts at most of your local superstores (these are really useful, since you can taste your vodka periodically throughout infusion, to get just the right flavor).

Make sure you clean your jar well with hot water and dish soap and make sure it is completely dry before you begin.

Infusing the Vodka

Now it’s time to throw all your ingredients into the jar with the vodka. A fifth of mid to high-end vodka will be your best bet, because the better vodka has been distilled more and has a more neutral taste to grab the flavor of the ingredients. Feel free to use more or less vodka depending on the occasion. Shake well, than set your jar in a cool, dark area of your choice.

Waiting and Macerating

Maceration (when the alcohol leaches out the properties of the ingredients) is now occurring inside the jar. If you have a pour spout on your jar, you can check the flavor as much as you want, although it is only necessary to check every 24 hours. Give the jar a good shake every time you check the taste.

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Storing and Serving

If you are happy with your achieved flavor, grab a strainer and a bowl (a standard kitchen strainer should be fine, although if the ingredients were muddled it may be best to rubber band a couple pieces of cheesecloth to the lid for fine filtering).

Strain your flavored vodka into the bowl, and decide what container you want to store it in (you can funnel it back into the original bottle, or you can use that handy dandy, pour spout jar for easy serving). Once it’s in the serving container, place it in the refrigerator or freezer to preserve freshness.

You are now ready to hold your own infused vodka party and let everyone enjoy the benefits of your frugality!

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About The Author

Alex Nolette

Alex Nolette is an overly self-critical, and strangely observant mid-twenties male. An over-active imagination manages to keep him sane in his mediocre life. A wanderer of sorts, he currently has his car parked in Raleigh,NC.

  • http://matadortravel.com/travel-community/candicew86 Candice

    Sweet, but if I try this and get really drunk, anything that happens is on you.

  • http://yesthereissuchathingasastupidquestion.wordpress.com/ Kate Sedgwick

    On behalf of Alex, I recommend tying a rope around your waist and locking it with a padlock, the key of which you give to a friend or neighbor before you try it.

    • http://matadortravel.com/travel-community/candicew86 Candice

      That plan sounds absolutely 100% failproof, excellent.

  • dfinepa

    Great article man! I’ve been into this for a year or so now – i can definitely recommend peppermint and cardamom steeped for around 3 days with a little sugar. let the good times roll!

  • joanna

    Sounds great but is there something you can use the flavouring items for afterwards?

    • oolung

      Joanna, it depends on what you decide to chuck into the jar. I know from experience that sweet cherries are divine, better actually than the alcohol itself. With sweet cherries it’s also a good idea to add some cinnamon sticks, maybe cloves.

      I know the delights of home brewing all too well :-) What we make at home is not vodka, but liquors, though (and this is where the tip about cherries come from, so it might not be as perfect with just vodka). The process is basically the same: you take the flavouring items, put them in the jar, then add sugar (helps to release the juice), then pure spirit. Wait a few months, drain – and I dare any cold in winter to come close to you! Pure, delicious, liquid health.

      (Now I feel like I’m betraying family secrets… but – a-hah! – it all comes down to the proportions and the quality of the ingredients)

    • Bobbiraptor

      Depends what you’re using, like Oolung said. When my friend did this with apples we had the apples with frozen yoghurt as a dessert. Bit strong for me – I’m not a fan of alcoholic desserts – but she loved it! It could also be nice with natural yoghurt or if the thing you’re using is tart (I’m making it with berries at the moment) a scoop of vanilla ice-cream :)

  • Royce

    Another flavor that works EXTREMELY well that some people might not think about is skittles. Just get a big bag of skittles and separate all the different flavors into the jars of vodka and after infusion your vodka literally tastes like candy.

  • Patrick

    would this work with chilli

    • dec1990

      I am trying it with chili peppers as we speak…will let you know how it turns out

  • Bobbiwib

    This is great thanks, trying this with muddled berries :) Do you know roughly how long it would take? If I wasn’t TOO fussy (I’m not, as I’m just experimenting at the moment) would it be any good after 1 night? would be great to have some on Christmas Day… :3

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Virginia-Boyzo/100001613117297 Virginia Boyzo

    HELLO ALEX,  I WANT TO SAY YOU THAT  IS A GREAT REPORT, I LIKE YOU FUSSY IS VERY CREATIVE AND VERY GOURMET , RECENTLY I BUY A VODKA , THE NAME IS  NUVO  IS ONE FUSSION OF VERY DELICIOS ( this product is of  FRANCIA), BUT IS A LOT EXPENSIVE, NOW I WILL INTENT TO DO THIS FUSSION, THANK FOR YOUR OPTIONES AND I LIKE ALL THE PUBLIC. CONGRATULATIONS.   YOU KNOW, I LIKE MATADOR. ONLY INTELIGENT PEOPLE…….. SORRY MY INGLES NOT GOOD. BUT I INTEND . JAJJA. VICKY BOYZO.  D.F.

  • Loft Sleeper

    Does it end up colored? Or does it remain clear?

  • JetCityOrange

    I know, I know. I make infused vodka’s as Xmas presents. Something my family has nicknamed “Infusion of Confusion”. Here’s the recipe: http://JetCityOrange.com/vodka/

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