This gorgeous golden vanilla vodka sounds (and looks) like something from a James Bond movie. Rich and warming with vanilla spice this homemade vodka infusion is the business!
Flavoured gins and vodkas are all the rage and this golden vanilla vodka is just a wee bit special.
Not only does this vodka have that sweet and warming taste of vanilla but it has flakes of real edible gold that sparkle in the light.
Like a snowglobe for grown-ups, shake the bottle and see the gold dance! Actually this golden vanilla vodka looks amazing in a glass when you add a dash of tonic and the tiny flecks of gold rash around in the glass glittering in the light.
Vanilla flavoured vodka
This is a vanilla vodka infusion not a liqueur. What does this mean?
Well, a liqueur has added sugar and an infusion just means that the spices etc (in this case vanilla) that you have put into the booze are doing the work to flavour.
There is no added sweetness. Therfore this is a flavoured spirit, in this case, vodka.
Why is the vodka gold in colour?
The vanilla vodka takes on this gorgeous golden colour from the vanilla pods themselves. As they infuse the vodka with thier gorgeous warming sweet flavour the vanilla also colours the vodka with that pretty golden shade.
Quite honestly you don’t need the flakes of gold that’s just to make this vodka infusion just that wee bit more special.
Ingredients for vanilla vodka
Well this is really basic kitchen crafting and there are hardly any ingredients. Just 2 really.
There just the vodka (of course!)
2 vanilla pods split
For that glittery floating gold finish you will need 2 little sheets (each sheet is about the size of a large postage stamp) of edible gold leaf.
You can buy this online or from cake decorating suppliers.
How to make vanilla vodka
Simply open the bottle of vodka and pop in the two split vanilla pods.
Pop on the lid, shake well and set aside for a week.
Then all you do is strain out the vanilla pods (save for flavouring sugar etc once dried out)
Pour the vanilla-infused vodka into sterilised bottles and carefully sprinkle in some tiny torn pieces of the edible gold leaf and shake well.
How long does it take to make this vodka infusion?
This golden vanilla vodka only takes a week to be ready to drink.
So it’s perfect for whipping up almost at the last minute when you need those extra goodies for the hampers or as gifts to take round when invited for a festive meal or party.
How long will vanilla vodka keep?
your vanilla flavoured vodka will keep for a year or more. Just store in a cool place out of direct sunlight and enjoy whenever you fancy a golden tipple.
How to serve vanilla vodka
You can drink this either really well chilled in shot glasses. Actually I like to keep a bottle of vanilla vodka in the freezer just for this!
Or serve your spiced vodka with tonic for a longer drink over ice.
It is also really good in a martini.
Cocktails using vanilla vodka
Check out these amazing ways to use your Homemade Vanilla Vodka in cocktails on this great Pinterest Vanilla Vodka Coctails Page. There are over 30 different fun cocktail ideas to try.
Looking for more super easy homemade hooch ideas? Then check these out before you go;
There you are, another perfect and easy to make foodie gift for Christmas. You’ll find this and fifty other fun festive recipes in my Naughty & Nice Edible Gifts For Christmas eBook.
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How to make golden vanilla vodka
- 750 ml vodka
- 2 vanilla pods
- 2 sheets edible gold leaf optional
- Split the vanilla pods lengthways to allow the flavours out
- Open the vodka bottle and pop in the pods
- Leave for 1 week to infuse
- Strain out the vanilla pods
- Pour into sterilised bottles and add some tiny flakes of the edible gold.