Vodka is one of the most widely consumed alcoholic drinks in the world, and the amount of recipes that one can concoct with it are simply staggering. Unlike other hard alcoholic drinks, vodka can be found in a large variety of flavors, and each of these flavors have their own uniqueness about them. At present, there are more than 115 different flavors of vodka available in the United States market and they comprise about 15% of the total sale of the alcohol.
Based on consumer preferences and reactions, each year a few new flavors are introduced to the market. Cocktails are popular mixtures of alcohol along with myriad other juices and liquids, in order to achieve a unique taste and blend. One of the most popular choice of cocktails around the world are vodka cocktails, and this is where the numerous flavored vodka recipes come in. Some of these recipes are very simple and can be made at home, whereas some are mastered by a certain bartender or restaurant. As long as one is open to trying out new vodka cocktails, more and more recipes will keep cropping up.
Recipes for Flavored Vodka
Vodka is a very popular choice for cocktails because of its neutral taste which enables it to blend successfully, with many different ingredients. The beauty of recipes of flavored vodka is that one can be extremely creative with them and invent new cocktails all the time.
One can even make them at home using the many different brands of vodka. A few basic ingredients are all that's required, and with a little bit of ingenuity and experience, you can make some of the best flavored vodka drinks around. You can either use some that are easily available in the market, or you can use plain and simple vodka, and add a variety of ingredients to get that special taste. Have a look at some of these simple recipes.
Bacon Flavored Vodka
If you thought bacon was just meant to be eaten, think again. This recipe has been around for centuries, now. If you can develop a taste for it, you will absolutely love it. You will need a bottle of good quality plain vodka and 3 strips of bacon. Follow these directions for best results.
- Fry the strips of bacon.
- Simply place the fried bacon strips in a container and fill the container with the vodka.
- You can also add peppercorns to the mixture to enhance the taste.
- Keep the mixture covered for 3 weeks in a dark and cool place.
- Once the 3 weeks have passed, put the mixture in a freezer so that the fat congeals.
- Now strain the mixture through a filter to get rid of the fat. Your bacon flavored vodka is ready for consumption.
Here is another extremely popular and simple recipe that is great to taste. You will need 1 ½ oz. of strawberry vodka, 1 oz. cranberry juice, and 1 ½ oz. triple sec. Once you have collected these ingredients, put them in a cocktail shaker full of ice, shake them together, and strain them into your martini glass. It is now ready to drink.
This is possibly one of the simplest of all recipes. All you need to do is pour 1 oz. each of orange, raspberry, and regular vodka, and 2 oz. lemon-lime soda into a glass with ice, and you have a traditional ice bomb on your hands. Be warned though, this is a highly potent drink.
It does not get any simpler than the creamsicle. Add 1 oz. each of vanilla and orange vodka, and soda water to a glass with ice in it, and it is ready to be consumed.
How to Make Flavored Vodka?
Here are some more ideas for you to make flavored vodka by yourself. Once these are made, you can use them for your drinks. The regular vodka that you choose as the base is very important. Buying a low quality regular one will not give you the best taste possible, and the really high quality premium ones are best tasted on their own. So, choose a brand that is intermediary in taste, quality, and price. It goes without saying that the ingredients you choose are vitally important.
You can choose some of the following ingredients.
Now what you need to do is cut chunks of the ingredients you are using. If there are any seeds or pits in the ingredient, remove it immediately. Add these chunks to your container, and simply pour the vodka over it. The ingredients need not be submerged completely, but there must be enough of vodka to cover the ingredients when the container is shaken. Store the container in a dark and cool place, and shake it once every 3 - 4 days. After 2 weeks have passed, you are ready for the next step. Strain the vodka into a bottle using a coffee filter, and give the mixture another 2 - 3 weeks to age, and you are done.
Flavored vodka drinks are great for consumption and make excellent gifts as well. The fact that you have made the concoction yourself at home greatly adds to their novelty and uniqueness. You must always be open to experimentation and change, and over time you will learn more tricks of the trade. Cheers!