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February 3, 2016

DIY Vanilla Infused Vodka with Blood Orange Sparkling Beverage

Blood Orange Vanilla Vodka Drink
Easy Blood Orange Drink

Here's a deliciously simple drink idea: DIY vanilla infused vodka with Aranciata Rossa San Pellegrino, which boasts a juicy hit of blood orange.  It's pink, so it's perfect for Valentine's Day, but it tastes like summer in a glass - like a creamsicle.  Drool.  (This isn't a sponsored post, I just really enjoy San Pellegrino sparkling fruit beverages because they're sweet and carbonated, but not as cloying as soda - although I fully admit I might be swayed by the cool history and vintage-inspired branding).  

Making my own vodka infusion was something I had been wanting to try for awhile and it turned out to be so simple!  Now I'm eager to try different variations.

How to Make Vanilla Infused Vodka

How to make Vanilla Infused Vodka


Vanilla Vodka Recipe

Step One:

Pour the vodka into a clean mason jar, plop in some vanilla pods (2-3 for almost 750ml of vodka), and twist the lid tightly.  Seriously, that's it!  I photographed the smaller blue ball jar but ended up using a larger mason jar so that I didn't have to break the vanilla beans.  A mason jar ensured that I could easily retrieve the vanilla pods - they would have been difficult to fish out of a narrow bottle.  You could also pop them right into the vodka bottle and decant later, but I didn't want to infuse my entire bottle.  Some folks break open the pods or scrape out the insides but as I understand it, that can produce a gritty tasting vodka.  You really just want the oil from the pod to infuse the vodka, so leaving them whole will produce the best results. 

Tips for making vanilla vodka

Step Two:

Place the mason jar in a cool, dark place for 7-10 days.  Peek into the cupboard obsessively, everyday, to check on the development.

Step Three:

Open the mason jar, remove the vanilla pods (trust me, it's easier than having them flop around), and strain the vodka through a clean coffee filter into an empty bottle.  This removes any gritty bits that have been shed by the vanilla.

How to strain vodka infusions
Why you need to filter vodka infusions

I love what a soft golden hue the vodka picks up.  And it's so tasty - now I want to try adding pears and figs and all kinds of deliciousness. 

DIY vanilla infused vodka

Vanilla Vodka with Blood Orange Sparkling Beverage

San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa

A glass of San Pellegrino, a splash of the vanilla infused vodka, a couple of ice cubes plus a slice of blood orange and all of a sudden Wednesday is looking a lot better.

Easy Pink Valentine's Drink
Blood Orange and Vanilla Cocktail
Blood orange
Pink vodka drink
Galentine's drink ideas

This is the perfect drink for "Valentine's Day," "Galentine's Day," or "I'm Going to Drink at Home on the Sofa Because Who Wants to go out into That Madness Day?"  Cheers!

Easy vanilla infused vodka and sparkling fruit beverage

P.S. Curious about the oddly specific numbers on my tumblers?

Pink vodk drink ideas

Handy Hubby and I were married at City Hall in Toronto but held our brunch reception at a swank hotel.  We stayed there the night before our wedding (we flew to Greece immediately after) and the hotel gifted us these glasses - the number is our room number!


  1. Yes please make mine a double! These look amazing!!

  2. This sounds delicious. you had me at creamsicle!

    1. I'm a sucker for orange and vanilla - there was a blood orange vanilla hand lotion I had that I went crazy for!

  3. I'm so thirsty now!!

    ps. I laughed out loud with the "ridiculously priced, blue ball jars". I remember buying a pack of 6 for $7 at Joanne Fabric years ago. This new price is highway robbery.

    1. I bought a case at Canadian Tire and regret not buying more because they no longer have them. Highway robbery is right!

  4. I am genuinely addicted to the plain orange drink of that haha. It's just so damn good!

    1. I know! SO good! I've always found pop to be a little too sweet and fake, but these have just the right amount of sugar (probably tons) and real juice flavor. I'm hooked too.

  5. Took your inspiration and went in a new direction - combining sparkling orange beverage with champagne. Perfect Valentine's Day drink.

    1. Oooo, that sounds deeelicious! I will HAVE to try that!


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