There are so many interesting flavors of vodka to choose from nowadays -- from lavender vodka to chili vodka, the choices are endless. But you don't have to spend all your money buying artisanal vodkas at the store. You can easily make your own infused vodka at home. Here's how.

All you need is a few simple ingredients and some equipment

Making your own infused vodka at home is super easy and cheap. All you need is some high-quality plain vodka, mason jars, and ingredients such as vanilla bean, dill, or whatever you choose to flavor your vodka with.

  • Choose plain vodka. This is because you'll want to layer in your own flavor. Stay away from vodkas that have strong notes of floral or citrus.
  • Invest in some quart and half-gallon wide mouth mason jars, which are ideal for infusing vodka. Glass is important to use since it won't impart any "off" flavors to vodka the way a plastic jar might. The wide mouth allows you to infuse the vodka with whatever you want.
  • When it comes to infusing vodka, the sky is truly the limit. You can infuse vodka with herbs and spices, vanilla bean, lemons, apples, beets, berries, etc. Whichever ingredients you choose to infuse the vodka with, make sure you prep them. If you're using vanilla beans, you'll want to split the beans. If you're using herbs, you'll want to bruise them first. Use a handful of flavoring ingredients for each quart of vodka. You can always reinfuse the vodka a second time if the flavor is not strong enough the first time around.
  • Add the infusion ingredients to your vodka in a mason jar, and then store it for a week. The alcohol will preserve any of the infusing ingredients. Be sure to shake the jar twice a day.
  • After the vodka has been left to infuse for a week, strain it and discard the infusion ingredients. Then pour the infused vodka into a clean jar. Vodka infused with perishable ingredients should be stored in the fridge. But if you use shelf-stable ingredients, like dried fruits and spices, you can store the infused vodka at room temperature.

Try one of these easy infused vodka recipes at home

Once you have the basics down, you can experiment with all different kinds of infused vodka recipes. Here are four of the best:

1. Blueberry infused vodka1. Blueberry infused vodka

Ingredients:

  • 14 ounces vodka
  • One cup of fresh, organic blueberries

Directions:

  • Wash annd dry the blueberries
  • Place the blueberries in a 1-quart mason jar
  • Fill the jar with vodka
  • Place lid on the jar, and let rest for three days
  • Strain the vodka into a clean mason jar
  • Store in the fridge

2. Watermelon infused vodka2. Watermelon infused vodka

Ingredients:

  • 1 watermelon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Vodka

Directions:

  • Slice the watermelon into cubes
  • Fill a 1-quart mason jar with the watermelon cubes
  • Add one tablespoon of sugar to the jar
  • Fill the jar to the top with vodka
  • Give the jar a good shake
  • Store in the fridge for three days
  • Shake the jar around every day
  • Strain the vodka into a clean mason jar and store in the fridge

3. Fig, vanilla, and cardamon infused vodka3. Fig, vanilla, and cardamon infused vodka

Ingredients:

  • 1 liter of vodka
  • 1 pound of organic figs cut into quarters
  • 2 organic vanilla beans split
  • 2 tablespoons dried cardamom pods

Directions:

  • Add all of the infusion ingredients to a 1-quart mason jar
  • Pour in the vodka and fill to the top
  • Let the ingredients sit in the vodka for a week
  • Strain out all ingredients
  • Place the strained vodka in a clean mason jar
  • Store in the fridge

4. Strawberry basil infused vodka4. Strawberry basil infused vodka

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1-liter vodka

Directions:

  • Cut strawberries into pieces and place in a 1-quart mason jar
  • Layer in the fresh basil leaves
  • Pour in vodka and fill to the top
  • Place the lid on the mason jar and shake five times
  • Let the vodka infuse for three days
  • Strain the infused vodka into a clean mason jar
  • Store in the fridge
References
  1. "7 DIY Vodka Infusions That'll Seriously Upgrade Your Homemade Cocktails," Huffington Post, n.d.
  2. "Buy a Cheap Bottle of Booze and Infuse Your Own Flavored Vodka Immediately," Bon Appetit, July 3, 2015.
  3. "How to Make Your Own Infused Vodka," How Stuff Works, n.d.

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