DIY Infused Vodka

Many of us give and receive homemade goodies around the holidays, right?  Typically lots of baked goods, candy, or maybe a tin of oven baked “Chex Mix.”  Well this year I’ve decided to shake things up a bit and go in a totally different direction… Homemade Infused VODKA!  A jalapeño infused vodka for those on the naughty list, and vanilla bean vodka for those on the nice list!  Do I have your attention??  Here’s what you’ll need:

8 oz mason jars
Vodka of choice
Jalapeño
Vanilla bean

And that’s it! Super simple!

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~For the jalapeño vodka, cut one large jalapeño in half lengthwise and place one of the halves into the mason jar.  Next, pour the plain vodka over the jalapeño until the jar is full, leaving a little empty space at the top. Seal jar tightly with the lid.

**NOTE this vodka is SPICY, if you prefer less spice you can use 1/4 or 1/8 of a jalapeño.  After infusing, if it turns out too spicy for you, add more vodka to weaken the flavor.  Also the longer this one sits, the spicier it will become.

~For the vanilla bean vodka, cut one vanilla bean pod in half lengthwise so that the seeds are exposed and place the entire bean into the mason jar.  Fill the jar with plain vodka, leaving a little empty space a the top.  Seal jar tightly with the lid.

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Let the jars-o-vodka infuse for five days, shaking once or twice.  After that, the vodkas are ready to drink!  The vanilla bean vodka will take on a brownish tint and may have flecks of vanilla beans floating about but, it’s a good thing, don’t worry!  My favorite way to use these infused vodkas are in Lemon Drops!  Just replace plain vodka with the infused vodka.  The jalapeño version would also be great in a Bloody Mary!  All that’s left to do now is wrap the jar up with some twine or pop a bow right on top!  Now if you’re REALLY short on time and you’re giving this as a gift BEFORE the five “infusing” days is up, you can simply put a tag on the jar that says, “I’ll be ready to drink on (whatever date).”  For example, “I’ll be ready to drink on 12/25/2016!”  Once the jalapeño or vanilla bean pod has been removed, the vodka can be stored in the fridge or freezer for up to 1 month.  Let’s be honest though, it probably won’t last longer than a day.  😉  Happy gifting (and drinking)!

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Cheers!

Traci

 

 

 

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