Flavored Vodka: How to Infuse with Cake, Bacon, Fruit, and More

Buying flavored vodka is fine, but making your own vodka infusions is fun. Here's a shot of inspiration that goes beyond basic fruit flavors.

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Cake Flavored Vodka

Cake Flavored VodkaNouhailler via Flickr
Oh, yes: Cake is a completely valid infusion choice for your vodka cocktail. Mix the concoction with some whipping cream when you're done, and you've got a solid drink on your hands. The video below, from TipsyBartender, goes through the process in detail:

Coffee and Bacon Flavored Vodka

Coffee and Bacon Flavored Vodkajamonitmack via Flickr
Bacon infusions are popular—but often get disappointing reviews. Wired's GeekDad suggests a tasty alternative: infuse vodka with bacon and coffee. The process essentially involves letting coffee beans sit in a bottle of vodka overnight, then adding cooked bacon (and scrumptious fat) later. Get full instructions on how to flavor this "strong and complex" spirit.

Candy Infused Vodka

Candy Infused VodkaoFace Killah via Flickr
Try Food52's Peeps infusion, Betty Crocker's candy canes infusion, or Onemartiniatatime.com's jelly bean infusion to make pretty martinis. But for glorious color, it's hard to beat Food.com's Skittles recipe.

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Pumpkin Infused Vodka

Pumpkin Infused VodkaWxMom via Flickr
Pumpkin needs to be cooked first, and tastes better when you include additional flavor ingredients in the infusion process—cinnamon, vanilla beans, and ginger do the trick according to this detailed recipe from the Food Network.

Raspberry Infused Vodka

Raspberry Infused Vodkatwitchdotnet via Flickr
Infusing vodkas with fruit flavors is pretty simple; you basically need to tightly seal the sweet stuff in with the liquor and let it sit for an extended period of time. Martha Stewart Weddings suggests giving a raspberry infusion one to three months, and adding sugar before straining it all into a separate container.

Jalapeño Infused Vodka

Jalapeño Infused Vodkavoteprime via Flickr
Those looking for a spicy kick in their booze will enjoy throwing back this roasted jalapeño infusion from O. Also works with tequila.

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Lemon and Orange Infused Vodka

Lemon and Orange Infused VodkaKitchen Wench via Flickr
These citrus vodkas take about a week in total to make: Try Sunset's ideas for something fresh.

Kaffir Lime Infused Vodka

Kaffir Lime Infused Vodkapinkishkaty via Flickr
Kaffir limes, often used in Thai cuisine, are considerably more sour than your average lime, making them a more ideal fit for a vodka infusion. The Venture Mixologist offers a recipe that also includes lemongrass.

Coriander Infused Vodka

Coriander Infused VodkaJohn and Gill via Flickr
A real springtime spirit: This recipe from Foodista takes a maximum of 24 hours to make.

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Kielbasa?Another Pint Please... via Flickr
It exists, but maybe not in your kitchen. Noted New York restaurant Veselka is known to serve up kielbasa infused vodka cocktails, so the adventurous can try it at home—the exact recipe is secret, of course.

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