Candy Cane Infused Vodka

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The holiday season is approaching and there’s absolutely nothing better than knowing how to make a candy cane infused vodka.  This infused beverage is perfect for gift giving, serving at gatherings or reserved for quite evenings wrapping gifts by the fire.  This will be an item you’ll make the moment candy canes hit the store.

People have been making alcoholic beverages like cordials, mead, moonshine and beer for centuries.  When Justin and I decided to begin making our own flavored spirits, it was ideal to begin by infusing vodka.

The flavor gathered from infusing vodka is a true flavor verses the mild flavor from many name brands found in the market. 

Fruit and herbs are ideal choices to be used for an infusion and can be foraged or homegrown.  Items such as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, huckleberry, melons, mints, elderberry are great items to try.

If you wish to infuse candy, selecting hard candies such as candy canes, jolly ranchers or automic fireballs will do the job nicely.

You can even infuse with spices such as vanilla, cinnamon, cloves and all spice.

This recipe will take you roughly 5 minutes to make, and will only take a matter of days before it’s ready to consume.  Enjoy it!

Ingredients:

  • Vodka, 100 proof
  • Candy Canes, peppermint flavor
  • Mason Jars, pints or 1/2 pints

homemade candy cane infused vodka

Directions:

  1. Fill jars with vodka leaving a 1 inch headspace
  2. Add 2 candy canes for pint jars or 1 candy cane for 1/2 pint jars
  3. Store in a cool dark location and shake often.  It’s ready to consume once the candy cane is fully dissolved in the vodka

*Feel free to increase the candy amount for a more intense flavor. If you chose to increase the amount of candy, it will need to be stored in the refrigerator or freezer to prevent possible molding.  This recipe can not be canned.*

The Perfect Cocktail

If you’re looking to enhance hot coco or eggnog add a splash, or two, of the infusion.  It’ll warm your bones on a cold day, and makes for a delicious mommy juice.

However, this is by far my favorite way to incorporate the candy cane vodka to a cocktail:

  • Chocolate milk, as much as you’d like
  • A splash of candy cane infused vodka
  • A splash of homemade Irish Cream Liquor

I think you’ll love it as much as we do!

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