Like all infusions, vanilla vodka is very straightforward to make and the result is worth waiting a few days for. Using vanilla pods gives an earthy undertone that is reminiscent of pipe tobacco and a hint of sweetness that makes the vodka very smooth to drink. In fact, it was so great, I decided to make some more so I could make more delicious Vanilla, Lavender Martinis. This recipe will make 6 x 1oz shots - if you wish to make more, just scale up the quantities, adding one vanilla pod for every 150 ml of vodka,
150 ml vodka
1 vanilla pod (whole)
Score the length of the vanilla pods with a sharp knife and open out slightly to reveal the seeds
Add the pods and vodka to a clean, airtight container and close the lid.
Leave for a minimum of five days, swirling the container gently, each day
The vodka will become progressively darker each day
After five days, or more, if you can wait, your vodka will be ready to strain
Pour the vodka through a coffee filter paper, into a jug and that's it.
Now you can get mixing or enjoy it chilled and neat if you prefer.