Horseradish vodka gives cocktails an extra kick. The simple steeping technique allows you to decide how strong you want the horseradish flavor to be. Use the resulting Horseradish Vodka in Bloody Marys or sip 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.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
- 1 bottle (750 ml) vodka
- 1 piece (about 3 inches) fresh horseradish
- Either pour vodka into a clean, large glass container or empty an inch or two from the bottle (note: 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 into 6 slices (about 1/2-inch thick each). Add horseradish slices to vodka. Seal bottle or container and let steep a least one week and up to one month. Taste every once and awhile. When the strength of the horseradish flavor is as much as you like, either remove horseradish slices or strain vodka into a clean container.
- You can start using the Horseradish Vodka as soon as you like, but the flavor will mellow and soften pleasantly with time.
Makes 750 ml Horseradish Vodka.