How to Make Horseradish Vodka

Peeled and sliced horseradish
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Ratings (20)
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Steeping Time: 72 hrs
  • Yield: 750 ml vodka (12 portions)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
137 Calories
0g Fat
0g Carbs
0g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Horseradish vodka carries a nice dose of that distinctive tingly hot horseradish flavor. The simple steeping technique used here allows you to decide how strong you want the horseradish flavor to be, so taste as it steeps and decide if you want just a hint or eye-watering power.

Use the resulting Horseradish Vodka in Bloody Marys or other cocktails that could stand a kick in the pants, or sip it as an ice-cold shot with a snack of high-quality pickles (Pickled Green Beans and Spicy Pickled Garlic are two particularly fine choices). It is also an excellent way to "preserve" fresh horseradish—or at least its robust, addictive flavor from one season to the next.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

There are two ways to starts: either pour the vodka into a clean, large glass container or empty an inch or two from the bottle it's already in. Note that if you infuse the vodka in its original bottle, you will need to decant it into another bottle when the infusion is complete.

Peel the horseradish and cut it into 6 slices about 1/2-inch thick each. Add the horseradish slices to the vodka.

Seal the bottle or container and let the vodka steep for at least 3 days and up to 1 month (I've found that if I leave the horseradish in there after that long, it can start to give the vodka a slightly bitter flavor, so it really is worth decanting it even if you love the kicky heat of horseradish). Taste it every once and a while; when the strength of the horseradish flavor is as much as you like, either remove the horseradish slices or strain the vodka into a clean container.

You can start using the vodka as soon as you like, but the flavor will mellow and soften with time. Depending on how much you like that "kick" of horseradish, this is either a pleasant or disappointing fact. Store the vodka in the liquor cabinet or the freezer, depending on how you plan to serve it.