5 Ingredients or Fewer

Horseradish Vodka

March 27, 2011
1 Ratings
  • Serves 8-20
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. - Mojolyn —Mojolyn

Test Kitchen Notes

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. - lorigoldsby —lorigoldsby

What You'll Need
  • 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.

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6 Reviews

lorigoldsby April 7, 2011
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!
lapadia March 29, 2011
Love it; am brainstorming ways to use it!
Greenstuff March 28, 2011
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.
Mojolyn March 30, 2011
Sounds like a great idea. Let me know if they work together.
clintonhillbilly March 28, 2011
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.
dymnyno March 27, 2011
gorgeous pic! I love infused spirits.