Sunday, 18 December 2011

Vanilla Vodka

I know that if time is short and cash is light then making a gift can seem like the last thing you have the last thing you have the nerves for ..  but this takes about 2 minutes, and costs about £16 ... there is still time to do it!  ( Waitrose vodka is £10.60 & the Nadali Vanilla pod £4.99)
You can buy flavoured vodkas, but believe me: this is so much nicer and more vanilla-y. I love to use this in cocktails and I give it as a gift with the cocktail recipe below attached to the bottle. 
It also goes on a treat  on Christmas puddings if like me you've drunk all the brandy,  that is if you can bear to pour it in the pudding rather than into a cocktail glass!

Makes 1 x 75cl bottle
Prep time  2 minutes – or more if you drink some !

75cl vodka
3 vanilla pods
250g Vanilla Sugar
2 tsp of edible glitter (optional)

1 Put all the ingredients into a sterile glass bottle and seal. Shake well.

2 Shake several times a day over the course of a week and the sugar will dissolve to leave you with a beautiful clear liqueur with vanilla flecks

Vanilla White Russian
Serves 1
Prep time 2 minutes

50ml Vanilla Vodka
25ml coffee liquor
25ml single cream

Fill a shaker (or a jam jar if you don’t have one!)  two thirds  full with ice add a large (50ml) shot of Vanilla vodka and a shot of Kahlua or coffee liquor . Shake and strain into an ice-filled glass. Pour a small shot of single cream over the top,. You get it to sit on top by pouring it over the back of a spoon. Finish with a dusting of cocoa powder.

Tip  - you can use Baileys instead of cream


  1. oooooooh this Vanilla Russian sounds very dangerous at Christmas time. Might have to have a couple of those after the washing up is done!

  2. Great idea Vanessa. Have a lovely Christmas.

  3. Delightful, and yes to dousing my Xmas pud with it! x


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