I don’t know how it is in your state but in Ohio there are varying levels of liquor licenses. For example, you can purchase beer, wine and most liqueurs at the grocery store. However, if you are looking for something with a higher alcohol content, you have to go to the “state store”. I haven’t been to a state store in a long time but let me tell you, I was totally blown away when I stopped in recently. You may be guessing what had me doing a double take. Well, it was the vodka section.
You see, when I turned 21, the only flavored vodka I remember was pepper vodka. Well, that’s not the case anymore. There are all sorts of different flavors of vodka…..strawberry, whipped cream, marshmallow, grape…oh, the list goes on.
Well, did you know you can make your own flavored vodka by infusing your own ingredients? It’s super easy and like making your own liqueur, it just takes a little time.
One of the flavors that seems to be a hit in so many recipes is “Salted Caramel”. So, I thought it would be fun to make my own salted caramel vodka. You’ll be blown away at just how easy this is.
Salted Caramel Vodka
Doesn’t this look amazing? Oh, and you’ll never guess just how simple it is to make this. You’ll be shaking your head and wondering what other vodkas you can make. Are you ready for the ingredient list?
- 1 cup 80 proof (40%) vodka
- 16 caramels, unwrapped
Are you ready to get started?
- Place your unwrapped caramels and vodka in a mason jar and place the lid on.
- Shake your jar thoroughly. Then stop by and shake your jar occasionally until the caramels have melted completely and thoroughly mixed with the vodka. (It took me about 2 days)
- When your vodka infusion is complete, you will see that contents in the jar will have a head on it.
Place a coffee filter inside your mesh strainer and strain the vodka. The scum is pretty thick so you will want to pour just a bit through the strainer, replacing the coffee filter when it gets too clogged and then strain more of your vodka.
Pour the strained vodka into a jar for storage. Then add just a bit of salt. You can see that I am adding about 1/16th of a teaspoon.
You’ve just made your own salted caramel vodka. I think you’ll LOVE this, don’t you? And it was so incredibly easy!
This is definitely going on my “gifts from the kitchen” list. Would you like a bottle?