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Orange Infused Vodka

Orange infused vodka makes an easy and delicious upgrade to many of your favorite fruity cocktails. Say goodbye to store-bought flavored vodkas made with artificial flavors, and get ready to fall in love with this homemade infused vodka!

Vertical view of the two small uncapped bottles of orange vodka

Everyone knows I’m a fanatic for alcohol infusions!

Some turn out to be the same color as the fruit they’re infused with, like these vodka infusions: cherry, cranberry, blackberry, raspberry, rhubarb, and apple. And some don’t, like this orange vodka, grapefruit vodka, and coconut rum.

But not to worry. They all taste delicious. And the cocktail you make with these infusions will likely call for orange juice, cranberry juice, or another ingredient that will add a splash of color.

Try it to see for yourself how much flavor infusions have to offer and how easy it is to make them, starting with this orange vodka.

Try out my orange martini with your infused vodka.

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Helpful tips

  • One of the things I love about an infusion is YOU control the ingredients, so you know exactly what is in it.
  • Whenever making cocktails or infusions, you need to wash the fresh fruit very well to get all the pesticides off. Here’s how – squirt some unscented, natural soap in your palm and rub your hands over the fruit. Then take a vegetable brush and brush the skin. Run cold water over the fruit, making sure to rinse off the soap.
  • You can use any variety of oranges, but I prefer and recommend naval oranges.
  • I use a good solid vodka like Ketel One or Absolut. But if you’re budget conscious, then use what you can afford.
  • I bought good sized oranges, so my infusion took one naval orange plus one wheel slice from another. Buy 2 oranges just to be safe.
  • Don’t stuff the jar with the oranges as you need room for the vodka.
  • Although you will pour the vodka directly over the oranges, I was able to get 2 cups in the jar.
  • You don’t need to refrigerate this infused vodka, it will keep perfectly in your bar until the very last drop.
  • I like to use decorative bottles. Since I’m using only 2 cups of vodka, I use two little ones.

How to make orange infused vodka

Pre-step

Get a 32 ounce glass jar, wash it in warm soapy water, and dry thoroughly. Also get a sharp knife and cutting board.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – fresh oranges and vodka. (A)

Step two

Cut the orange in thin wheels and cut each wheel in half. (B)

Left - oranges in front of vodka and cutting board. Right - cut orange slices on the board with an orange and vodka in back

Step three

Add the orange slices to the glass jar. As you can see, I didn’t stuff the oranges because you want some space for the vodka. (C)

Step four

Pour vodka over the oranges and in the jar. (D)

Left - sliced oranges in jar with vodka in the back. Right - vodka poured into the jar

See the space for the vodka?

Overhead view of oranges and vodka in the jar

Step five

Screw the cover on the jar and give it a vigorous shake. (E) Set in a cool place, making sure it isn’t in direct sun, for 5 – 7 days.

Step six

Vigorously shake the vodka infusion 2 times a day. To remember easily, I shake it at the same time every day – breakfast time and dinner time.

Step seven

Get a large glass bowl, sieve, ultra fine cheesecloth, and a bottle for the infusion. If I don’t make a big batch, I use two small bottles because I like how they look. (F) Place the sieve in the glass bowl and line the sieve with the cheesecloth.

Left - lid on the jar and shaken. Right - jar of vodka and orange slices after 5 days

Step eight

Give the jar one last shake, take the lid off, and slowly pour the contents into the cheesecloth lined sieve. (G)

Step nine

Lift the sieve to let the liquid strain out. Also, tilt it until all the vodka has been strained through the cheesecloth. Discard the fruit, rinse the cheesecloth, let it dry, and put it in storage until the next infusion. (H)

Left - a sieve with cheesecloth and the oranges dumped in it. Right - a glass bowl with the orange vodka

Step ten

Pour the orange vodka into the bottle(s).

Sliced oranges on the board with the bottles of orange vodka

Let’s look at the vertical view.

Two small glass bottles with vodka in them and sliced oranges in the back

I hope you enjoyed this orange infused vodka recipe. It has a lovely taste and enhances any orange and vodka cocktail. Stay tuned for my orange martini recipe.

And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish.

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Vertical view of two small bottles of vodka with oranges in the back - square

Orange Infused Vodka

Making orange infused vodka is an easy and delicious way of upgrading any of your favorite fruity cocktails. Say goodbye to store-bought flavored vodkas made with artificial flavors and get ready to fall in love with this homemade infused vodka!
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: citrus vodka, fruit infused vodka, infused vodka, orange infused vodka
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Infusion time: 5 days
Total Time: 5 days 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 99kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large naval orange (washed)
  • 2 cups vodka (approximately – you will pour the vodka in the jar with the orange)

Instructions

  • Wash the jar with warm soapy water, rinse and dry thoroughly.
  • Cut the oranges in thin wheels and then cut the wheel in half.
  • Add the sliced orange slices in the jar. Don't stuff it as you need room for the vodka.
    1 large naval orange
  • Pour the vodka into the jar to cover the oranges.
    2 cups vodka
  • Screw the cover on the jar and vigorously shake it. Store in a cool place like a pantry. Make sure it is out of direct sunlight. I infuse my vodka on the kitchen counter.
  • Vigorously shake the jar two times a day. Once at breakfast time and the other at dinner time. Do this for 5 – 7 days.
  • When the orange vodka is done, line a sieve with cheesecloth and place in a large glass bowl.
  • Pour the contents of the jar into the sieve. Lift it and tilt it to let all the vodka drain off the fruit.
  • Pour into the glass container you're going to store it in. I use decorative bottles.
  • Make a cocktail with the vodka.
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful tips
  • One of the things I love about an infusion is YOU control the ingredients, so you know exactly what is in it.
  • Whenever making cocktails or infusions, you need to wash the fresh fruit very well to get all the pesticides off. Here’s how – squirt some unscented, natural soap in your palm and rub your hands over the fruit. Then take a vegetable brush and brush the skin. Run cold water over the fruit, making sure to rinse off the soap.
  • You can use any variety of oranges, but I prefer and recommend naval oranges.
  • I use a good solid vodka like Ketel One or Absolut. But if you’re budget conscious, then use what you can afford.
  • I bought good sized oranges, so my infusion took one naval orange plus one wheel slice from another. Buy 2 oranges just to be safe.
  • Don’t stuff the jar with the oranges as you need room for the vodka.
  • Although you will pour the vodka directly over the oranges, I was able to get 2 cups in the jar.
  • You don’t need to refrigerate this infused vodka, it will keep perfectly in your bar until the very last drop.
  • I like to use decorative bottles. Since I’m using only 2 cups of vodka, I use two little ones.

Nutrition

Serving: 2ounces | Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 166IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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20 Comments

  1. Okay I love the orange infusion!!! I’ve never made a fruit infused vodka before. Thanks for such a great recipe!

  2. infused alcohols and oils seem intimidating, but seriously this can’t be easier! this is such a flavorful addition to lots of drinks

  3. I’ve never made flavoured vodka before, but it seems so straight-forward. This orange vodka would be delicious for summertime sipping!

  4. This sounds refreshing! Perfect for spring and summer weather. Excited to give this recipe a try! Thanks for the share!

  5. This is THE PERFECT drink to make this summer. I mean… it is orange flavor AND it is vodka… what else to wish for?

  6. Thanks for introducing me to the world of infusions! We have made it 4 days ago and I simply cannot wait to taste the final result ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I made this vodka last weekend and oh my goodness is it delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!