Vanilla Vodka Recipe

Make your own flavored vodka with this Vanilla Vodka Recipe. In just under 2 weeks you will end up with a delicious flavored vodka that’s not overly sweet and has just the right amount of vanilla flavor.

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homemade vanilla vodka with a vanilla bean

Vanilla is one of my favorite flavors and it definitely has a place in the cocktail world. That being said, some flavored vodkas are too sweet and can sometimes have a fake flavoring taste.

How do you fix that? With this Homemade Vanilla Vodka Recipe. You only need two ingredients and in less than two weeks your vanilla-infused vodka will be ready to enjoy!

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Vodka

  1. Cut the vanilla bean in half so that it will be completely covered by the vodka.
  2. Place the 2 halves of the vanilla bean in the bottle. Carefully pour 12 ounces of vodka into the bottle.
  3. Seal the bottle and give it a nice shake. Store in a cool, dark place and shake every 1-2 days. After 14 days your homemade vanilla vodka will be ready to enjoy. Strain the vanilla beans from the vodka and store the vodka in the sealable glass bottle.
ingredients for homemade vanilla vodka

What type of Vanilla Beans to Use

For vanilla-infused vodka, you can use either Grade A or Grand B vanilla beans. Grade A vanilla beans have a higher moisture content than grade B, which means the vanilla flavor will quickly infuse into a dish.

Grade B vanilla beans are known as extract-grade beans because they often have tearing, bruising, or scarring on the pod and maybe even some scorching from the sun. These imperfections do not harm the integrity of the flavor.

What Vodka to use for this Vanilla-Infused Recipe

Choose a vodka you like to drink or may even consider drinking straight up. Do not buy a cheap vodka or you will end up with cheap vanilla vodka. I used Tito’s vodka. I would also recommend Kettle One as another option.

What to use this Vanilla Vodka For

The most obvious use for this vanilla-flavored vodka is to make a cocktail with it. You can substitute vanilla vodka for regular vodka in a martini or lemon drop for example.

Or try this Raspberry Cocktail below with vanilla vodka, raspberry liqueur, orange liqueur, and lemon juice. Add 2 oz. vodka, 1 oz raspberry liqueur, 1/2 oz orange liqueur, and 1 oz lemon juice to a cocktail shaker. Shake, strain, and enjoy in a sugar-rimmed glass.

raspberry vanilla cocktail with vanilla vodka, chambord, and triple sec

Tools Needed to Make Homemade Vanilla Vodka

These flip-top glass bottles are the perfect container for this homemade infused vodka. They also come in handy for other homemade syrups, sauces, and liqueurs.

You are also going to need some vanilla beans. I used these vanilla beans below. You can get this Grade A set of 10 for a really reasonable price.

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homemade vanilla vodka with vanilla bean

Homemade Vanilla Vodka

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Steeping Time: 14 days
Total Time: 14 days 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 65kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • 1 sealable glass bottle or jar

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces vodka
  • 1 vanilla bean

Instructions

  • Cut the vanilla bean in half so that it will be completely covered by the vodka.
  • Place the 2 halves of the vanilla bean in the bottle. Carefully pour 12 ounces of vodka into the bottle.
  • Seal the bottle and give it a nice shake. Store in a cool, dark place and shake every 1-2 days. After 14 days your homemade vanilla vodka will be ready to enjoy. Strain the vanilla beans from the vodka and store the vodka in the sealable glass bottle.

Notes

  • This is a small batch recipe. If you want to make more, use a full bottle of vodka and 2 vanilla beans. 
  • After 12-14 days, remove the vanilla beans from the vodka or you will end up with vanilla extract. Don’t throw the beans away, you can still use them for baking!

Nutrition

Serving: 1ounce | Calories: 65kcal

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

Homemade Vanilla Vodka Recipe
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