How to Make Flavored Vodka or Sangria

Get the party started with special homemade drinks.

You can easily add flavor to liquors like vodka, whiskey, or rum, but vodka is the most versatile with many different flavors.

  • Combine equal parts espresso beans and vodka and let sit for at least two weeks. Strain the espresso beans and you will have a wonderful start to an espresso martini. You can also add a bit of sweetener to create a liqueur.
  • Try unusual flavors such as fresh herbs and lemon or orange peel. Try rosemary, coriander, and other spicy elements. Aromatic herbs will give your vodka a whole new dimension.
  • When making fruity vodka, you will get the best results with fresh, juicy fruits.  Try raspberries, blackberries, pineapple, grapefruit, and cranberries. Use the general rule of thumb of equal parts vodka and fresh fruit. Let sit for at least five days or up to 2 weeks. Taste the vodka and if not fruity enough, add a little more fruit and let sit for another week. Use a colander to strain out the fruit. The fruit itself can be used for "fruit bombs," akin to heavily alcoholic shots. Be careful with these!

Homemade Raspberry Flavored Vodka


Making Sangria is a little easier than flavored vodka. It's usually a mix of red or rose wine, another alcohol, and lots of fresh fruit. Pick the fruitiest red wines to start or sweet white wine and champagne. Here are a couple different choices:

Berry Filled Sangria- Sangria is a fun party drink that everyone loves. And don't forget to indulge in the quite inebriated fruit, especially as the evening progresses.

Sunset Sangria- This classic Spanish recipe is a fun beverage to serve any time of year, especially during the summer as an alternative to iced tea. Pieces of fruit and cinnamon sticks bring the whole thing together.

Sangria- Who says you have to wait until the 5th of May just to serve sangria? Break this out at your next gathering for a big hit! 

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