How to Make Tasty Vodka Infusions, Quick, Easy, and Cheap

Some Vodka Infusion Ideas

For Vodka Infusions, Here are Some Ideas


Some like it hot, some like it sweet, but no matter what, you probably shouldn't infuse with meat. Take a walk down the produce section of your supermarket or farmer's market and you can find lots of things that can be used to make your first batches of experimental infused vodka. If you have some small jars at home, like 100 mL Mason jars, with one 750 mL bottle of vodka, you can make seven experimental batches using various things that you have procured on your trip to the market.

Let's see what we have here in the produce section!! Ah, ha....horseradish, ginger, carrots, apples, pineapples, grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, and a whole plethera of green leafy thingy. You can be the first kid (over 21) on your block, to make a kale, collard greens, and tangerine vodka infusion. Now, I haven't tried this combination yet myself, but it's certainly worth an experiment.

Take a walk down the candy aisle and get even more ideas. How about Jolly Ranchers or Werther's hard candies. Some Cinnamon Fire Jolly Ranchers might just make a tasty vodka infusion. Let's give it a try.

Vodka: It is What Soaks in It

Vodka: It is What Soaks in It


One of the coolest things about vodka is that nearly anything that soaks in it for long enough will impart flavors into the vodka. With a little vodka and a little creativity, you can astound your friends and relatives with all kinds of extraordinary, refreshing infused drinks.

This is a place where you can experiment with lots of different tastes in your vodka, and you can make small practice batches, before you invest a lot of money into making a big batch of one of your successful experiments. Here I am going to give you a few of my favorites that I have made, and it may give you some ideas that you can expand upon.

There are lots of vodkas that you can use; however, I highly recommend an inexpensive vodka for starters, and I prefer one called "Platinum." It is seven times distilled, and very smooth. When it's on sale at the PA Wine and Spirits stores, it goes for about $10.99 a 750 mL bottle. You can also get Jacquin's 100 proof vodka, which is also relatively inexpensive, but for my tastes it is a little bit too strong. It is a little less expensive than Platinum for the same size bottle, at least here in Pennsylvania. That may be a good enough reason to use it for your experimental batches.

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Cinnamon Fire Jolly Ranchers: Fat Free, Cholesterol Free

Features: Case of 12 7-ounce packages (84 ounces total) Hard candy pieces bursting with long-lasting hot cinnamon flavor Fat free; cholesterol free Individually wrapped pieces for convenience and freshness Made by The Hershey Company
Features: Case of 12 7-ounce packages (84 ounces total) Hard candy pieces bursting with long-lasting hot cinnamon flavor Fat free; cholesterol free Individually wrapped pieces for convenience and freshness Made by The Hershey Company | Source

Platinum Vodka

Platinum Vodka is my recommendation for making experimental vodka infusion batches.  It is relatively inexpensive,and it is smooth.
Platinum Vodka is my recommendation for making experimental vodka infusion batches. It is relatively inexpensive,and it is smooth.

Ball Mason Jars

Ball Mason Jars
Ball Mason Jars

Cinnamon Fire Jolly Rancher Vodka

Cinnamon Fire Jolly Rancher Vodka


Like it hot?? Then this drink is for you. Cinnamon Fire Jolly Rancher infused vodka, makes a nice spicy treat for an a cold day. If you are really adventurous, you can try mixing this 50/50 with some of our Pennsyvania Coal-Cracker Apple Pie Boilo.


Let's Get Started

First you have to decide how much of a first experimental batch you are going to make. I suggest starting out with 100 mLs/about 4 oz. So, get some jars, and lets get cracking. The amount of Jolly Ranchers you add to your vodka is going to determine how much heat is in this vodka infusion, so you might want to make a few with varying amounts of Jolly Ranchers to come up with the proper ratio to suite your tastes. I find that to suit my tastes, 10 Cinnamon Fire Jolly Ranchers per 750 mL of vodka is adequate. If you want it weaker, you may want to go with 5, or if you like it stronger, you might want to go with 15 or 20. Keep in mind that even though Cinnamon Fire Jolly Ranchers don't contain fat or cholesterol, they still contain sugar, which your body may convert to fat if you don't exercise enough to burn it off.

Jolly Ranchers is a simple infusion, because it doesn't require filtering or skimming fat of the top after your infusion is ready to drink. All you need to do is let the Jolly Ranchers sit overnight in the vodka, and by the next morning they should be completely dissolved. If you use Platinum vodka, I recommend that you make your experimental batches in a clear jar so that you can see when the Jolly Ranchers are dissolved. The dark blue Platinum bottle is not conducive to being able to tell when your infusion is ready to be indulged in.

Cinnamon Fire Jolly Ranchers Vodka Taste Test

Cinnamon Fire Jolly Ranchers Vodka Taste Test


Now that you've made your first test batches of Cinnamon Fire Jolly Ranchers infused vodka, the next step is to gather around you some of your most trusted friends and use them as guinea pigs. If you've made batches with varying ratios of Jolly Ranchers to vodka, have everyone take a sampling of each, and you can take a vote on which one is the best for the combination of flavor and heat.

Once you've settled on what ration of Jolly Ranchers to vodka is the best, now you are ready to make a full-sized 750 mL batch. You can stick with Platinum vodka if you want, as drinks that have a lot of sugar are really not affected greatly by the quality of the vodka. All I can say is DO NOT USE Crown Rousse. If you feel the need to use a more expensive vodka, I recommend Ruskie Standard, which on sale in PA is usually around $19.99 for 750 mLs. Not cheap, but not prohibitively expensive either.

If you are in a hurry to sample your wares, you can speed up the dissolving process by wrapping your jars tightly in a layer of plastic wrap, and laying them on their side in the top rack of your dishwasher. Wash them on the hottest cycle (don't use any detergent). Everything should be dissolved in about an hour. Then transfer your containers to the freezer for about an hour to cool them done. Now, you're ready to sample your goodies.

Cinnamon Fire Jolly Ranchers Infused Vodka Prep Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 2 hours
Ready in: 2 hours 10 min
Yields: Using 750 mLs of Vodka makes about 25 1 oz shots

Ingredients for Vodka Infusions

  • 750 mLs Platinum Vodka
  • 10 Cinnamon Fire Jolly Ranchers

17 oz. Glass Flask

17 oz glass flask
17 oz glass flask

Instructions for Cinnamon Fire Jolly Rancher Vodka

  1. Obtain several ~100 mL/4 oz jars with lids (mason jars work well)
  2. Add varying amounts of Cinnamon Fire Jolly Ranchers to each jar. Maybe go with 5 variations for starters.
  3. Add Platinum vodka to each jar to fill.
  4. (Optional)-Wrap jars tightly in plastic wrap, and lay them on their side in your automatic dishwasher on the top rack. Ran on hottest cycle with no detergent.
  5. When dishwasher cycle is finished, transfer bottles to freezer for about an hour.
  6. Taste test with your friends to determine which ratio of Cinnamon Fire Jolly Ranchers makes the best taste to suite yourselves.

Horseradish Root

English Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) at a fruit and veg stall at the Naschmarkt in Vienna, Austria.  Photo by Anna Reg:  Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kren_Verkauf.jpg
English Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) at a fruit and veg stall at the Naschmarkt in Vienna, Austria. Photo by Anna Reg: Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kren_Verkauf.jpg

Alkyl Isothiocyanate

Allyl isothiocyanate is the pungent ingredient in fresh horseradish sauce.
Allyl isothiocyanate is the pungent ingredient in fresh horseradish sauce.

How to Make a Horseradish Vodka Infusion

How to Make a Horseradish Vodka Infusion


For a horseradish vodka infusion, only two ingredients are needed. First, you need a nice horseradish root. Keep in mind that not all horseradish root is created equal. You need to get a horseradish root that is in it's prime to get maximum zippyness. You wan to make sure that your root isn't too old. First you need to cut off about 6", and peel the skin off of the root. It's actually easier if you peel your piece of root first before you cut it off from the rest of the root.

After you peel your horseradish root, you need to grate it. You can either do this in a food processor, or with a hand grater. Use side with the biggest holes, if you grate by hand. Keep in mind, that to maximize the flavor of your horseradish vodka infusion, the surface area of your grated horseradish needs to maximized. The more of your horseradish root that comes into contact with the vodka the better the flavor will be.

Add your horseradish to a jar large enough to contain your grated radish plus 750 mLs of Platinum vodka. Shake your jar periodically. The longer you allow this to infuse, the better tasting it will be, up to two months. After the vodka and horseradish mixture has been infusing for a sufficient time (which you can determine by sampling a small taste) filter it into a clean, dry bottle. Use a funnel and a coffee filter for this step. If you find the horseradish vodka infusion has more bite than is to your liking, you can tame it down by adding a little bit of honey. Properly zippy horseradish vodka should make your eyes water and your nose run when you take a whif of it.

"The "hotness" from horseradish comes from isothiocyanate, a volatile compound that, when oxidized by air and saliva, generates the "heat" that some people claim clears out their sinuses" Source: Horseradish.org.

If you are satisfied with the amount of bite, you can serve cold in shot glasses, OR you can use your horseradish vodka infusion to make Bloody Marys. If you make Bloody Marys, I recommend spicy V-8 juice instead of plain tomato juice.

You can also be adventurous and mix your horseradish vodka infusion 50/50 with our Pennsylvania Coal-Cracker Apple Pie Boilo. This makes a sweet and sassy combination, for enjoyment by those are hardy, but have a soft side. Drink this very responsibly, because it will sneak up on you and kick you on your ass.

Horseradish Vodka: Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 oz
Calories 1
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 0 g
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Horseradish Facts

Horseradish Facts

  • Horseradish is been documented as far back as 3000 years.
  • Pliney the Elder mentioned what today is believed to be horseradish in "Natural History under the name of Amoracia, and recommended by him for its medicinal qualities," Source: WikiPedia
  • "Compounds found in horseradish have been widely studied for a plethora of health benefits.[13][14]Horseradish contains volatile oils, notably mustard oil, which has antibacterial properties due to the presence of allyl isothiocyanate.[9] Fresh, the plant also contains average 79.31 mg of vitamin C per 100 g of raw horseradish.[15]

    The enzyme horseradish peroxidase (HRP), found in the plant, is used extensively in molecular biology and biochemistry.[16]" Source: WikiPedia

How to Make Marshmallow Peeps Infused Vodka: Something You Should NEVER Do!!!!

Marshmallow Peeps Infused Vodka

Marshmallow Peeps Infused Vodka: Don't Try This at Home (or anywhere else)


When you are making vodka infusions, the rule is experiment, experiment, experiment. Like all experiments, sometimes along the way you have a massive failure. That's how we learn what works and doesn't. THAT is the scientific method. All great scientific successes usually came with many failures along the way to get to the ultimate success. Otherwise, some scientific successes just happen by accident, such as Post-It notes. Sometimes, things that were invented to serve on purpose, find widespread usage for that is totally irrelevant to the original plan, for example, Super Glue, which was used as a substitute for stitches, although that wasn't it's original intention.

As you can see in the video to the right, this gentleman is making an experimental vodka infusion with marshmallow Peeps. If you know anything about Peeps, they are just about all sugar, and in the subsequent video, which I have not included here, he makes the taste test, and learns that Peeps, do not a good vodka infusion make. You can try it if you want to, but, you'll probably be disappointed in the result. Don't say I didn't tell you so, because I told you so.

Vodka Infusions Fat and Calories Content

Type of Vodka Infusion
Calories per 1 oz serving
Fat per 1 oz serving
Cinnamon Fire Jolly Ranchers
9
0
Horseradish
1
0
Marshmallow Peeps
6
0

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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Interesting! I must remember to add vodka to my shopping list for Christmas. Voted up and sharing. Have a HAPPY CHRISTMAS.


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pocono foothills 2 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania Author

@tobusiness--Thans for the comment. I'm now working on some collard greens and hot pepper vodka. Like a salad in a bottle. Lots of ways you can experiment with this.


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Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

This hub reminds me of my Navy days, when we used to pour Vodka into a watermelon in the summertime. Those were carefree times, but these days I think good old beer is about as heavy a liquor as I can take. Great hub!


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pocono foothills 2 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania Author

@Mel Carriere-When I was a kid, my father used to do that, but he used bourbon instead of vodka.

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