DIY Vanilla Vodka

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I honestly believe that if my mind was switched with the mind of a five-year-old child, no one would notice. Not my colleagues, nor my boyfriend nor even my dad. I’ve been feeling a bit ‘bleh’ recently and was going over everything in my mind this morning. I have a full time job in social media, I do additional travel copywriting freelance work, I run a food blog, I’ve co-authored a book which is due out very soon and you know what? I’m bored. I started thinking – maybe writing isn’t for me. Maybe I need something more exciting in my life. Something like… PICMONKEY HAS NEW CHRISTMAS OVERLAYS!! I must cover everything in snowmen, holly and Christmas writing!! And I have been cheery ever since.ย So I apologize for the use of Christmas overlays in this post, but the photo was kinda dull and I thought it would do me some good if I indulged my five-year-old mentality.

Anyway. DIY vanilla vodka! Why pay for expensive branded vanilla vodka when you can make your own for a fraction of the cost? Maybe you’re struggling to think of a Christmas gift for someone (you can never have too much alcohol during the holidays) or maybe your short of cash and promised you’d bring something good to a friend’s Christmas party, or maybe you’re just fond of vanilla vodka. Whatever it is – find your reason to make this! Just a note: the flavors take around a couple of weeks to infuse, so if you are planning on bringing this to a party or giving it as a gift, you’d better get a move on!

DIY Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 t bottle of vodka - size and quality don' really matter
  • 2 vanilla pods
  1. Using a sharp knife, score a line down the centre of each vanilla pod.
  2. Unscrew the lid of the vodka bottle, pop the vanilla pods in the bottom and tightly screw the lid back on.
  3. Store somewhere cool and dark for around 2-3 weeks, or until the vanilla flavor has fully infused. Remove the vanilla pods when you're happy with the flavor.

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  1. Is a vanilla pod the same thing as a vanilla bean? Should you leave the seeds in or just use the bean? Thank you!

    • Hi Janine!
      Yes, vanilla pods are the same as vanilla beans. I removed them from the packet, ran a knife down the centre and threw the whole things in.
      Let me know if you need any more help ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 5 year old minds are wildly creative, so indulge away!
    Vanilla and snowflake overlays make anything better ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

  3. Wow, you make me feel a bit bad about my slacker self. I haven’t done half as much and I am way too content. ๐Ÿ˜€ For what its worth, I love your writing and I’m all over those picmonkey overlays. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for sharing on BeColorful. My slacker self will probably buy the vanilla vodka but I know a lot of readers will be inspired. I will work on dialing up my ambitions. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • I love smilies and always over-use them myself. I don’t think they’re juvenile at all – how else are we meant to get happiness and joviality across? ๐Ÿ™‚

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