Horseradish Vodka

By • March 27, 2011 • 6 Comments


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Author Notes: This is great on a cold winter night, or when you have a cold, or in a Bloody Mary. I always keep a bottle of it in the freezer. I learned about it 20 years ago on a night when the temperature was 15 below zero, at a great little Russian restaurant in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The woman who ran the restaurant had about 30 flavored vodkas, long before they became so popular. We tried many kinds, but this was our favorite. She told us how to make it at home. - MojolynMojolyn

Food52 Review: Mojolyn's description of this recipe says it serves 8-20. You may find it only serves 1, because you just keep sampling it, and oops, it's gone. I made the mistake of using an opened bottle...so now I don't have any left. I did let it steep for 3 days in the freezer and it got stronger each day. I used some of it in a fresh salsa and that gave it a nice kick. - lorigoldsbylorigoldsby

Serves 8-20

  • 1 bottle good quality vodka
  • 1 5" piece fresh horseradish root
  1. Peel and rinse a 5" piece of horseradish root. Cut it vertically into quarters or slimmer pieces that will fit through the neck of the vodka bottle.
  2. Allow the horseradish to steep in the vodka at room temperature 2-5 days. Taste a bit each day until the vodka has as much horseradish flavor as you like.
  3. Pour the vodka and horseradish through a seive lined with cheesecloth. Discard horseradish. Pour vodka back into bottle.
  4. Store in freezer.

Tags: winter

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Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

making this now...be careful with your piece of horseradish--the knob end was slightly larger than the beginning and I created an effective "cork"! LOL! That sounds like something I'd do AFTER drinking the vodka!

Looking forward to this one!

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about 3 years ago lapadia

Love it; am brainstorming ways to use it!

Chris_in_oslo

about 3 years ago Greenstuff

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Great vodka for a Bloody Mary! Or on its own. I have a horseradish root sitting in my refrigerator, waiting for something as exciting as this to happen to it. I also have a nice smoked eel sitting in my freezer, waiting for the vodka to snuggle up next to it. Maybe the two will meet.

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about 3 years ago Mojolyn

Sounds like a great idea. Let me know if they work together.

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about 3 years ago clintonhillbilly

I had a rollicking night involving a lot of horseradish vodka at the Russian Vodka Room in New York once. It goes exceptionally well with smoked fish.

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about 3 years ago dymnyno

gorgeous pic! I love infused spirits.