Infused Vodka for Tipsy Holiday Cheer

December, 2012 · By Coryanne Ettiene

Everyone at my table is chatting about cookie exchanges, mince pies and holiday cakes.  While they banter on about the sugar lips that their neighbours will be licking this holidays season, I am still struggling with my baking skills, fretting that any baked treat  that I might whip up from scratch will poison a loved one, forcing my head to hang in shame while I consider how I can get away with ready made pastry and cake box treats in lieu the million Victoria Sponge Cakes I should be baking from scratch.  The coffee is hot, the conversation is animated, and I am suddenly parched for something stronger because sitting at a table of baking goddesses has me dreaming of booze and vanilla….  and just like that I know that my holiday gifts will be festive, homemade and as long as I don’t distill the Vodka myself, won’t poison anyone.

Spread a little tipsy Christmas Cheer this December with my recipe for homemade infused Vanilla Vodka.


  • 1 Litre of Vodka (the sort you sip from a crystal tumbler rather than swig from the bottle)
  • 1-2 Soft Gooey Vanilla Pods (the kind you can wrap around your finger and taste on  your skin)
  • Patience (2-4 weeks is a long time to wait for a cup of holiday cheer)


Take your Vanilla pod and cut the length of the pod to expose the inside, taking care not to cut in half lengthwise.  Open your Vodka bottle, drop in the pod, close the bottle and wait 3 weeks.  The darker the color, the more holiday cheer that awaits.   Once you have the desired aromatic infusion, remove the pod…there is a fine line between infused vodka and Vanilla Extract. If you are giving this as a holiday gift, let your recipient know about the line between a good drink and a good baking ingredient.


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