I normally hate commercially flavored vodkas. They are almost always too sweet and the flavor overpowers the senses. Unfortunately, I like the idea of vanilla vodka for many drinks. The solution was to make an infusion myself. It is surprising just how easy it is to flavor vodka. All you need is quality vodka (I like Stolichnaya) and simple fresh ingredients. This was such a success I think I am going to try a pepper vodka next for Bloody Marys.
Infused Vanilla Vodka
Clean glass storage bottle
Quality vodka to fill bottle
1 vanilla bean
Cut vanilla bean down one side so it opens. Add to vodka. Seal and let stand in a cool dark cabinet for 2½ -3 days. Taste on the second day to decide if it needs a little more time. Remove vanilla bean and store like any other liquor. Do not over infuse or the vodka will taste like vanilla extract.
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