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Raspberry Infused Vodka

Raspberry infused vodka is the perfect addition to a variety of fruity cocktail recipes. With only two ingredients, it is easy to make at home and will enhance your favorite vodka with delicious flavor and a beautiful pop of color. 

An uncapped bottle with raspberry vodka with raspberries on the table

Homemade alcohol infusions are a joy to create and fun to use when mixing delicious cocktails. I make an alcohol infusion just about every month. Whether using blackberries, cherries, strawberries, watermelon or jalapeños, every infusion is unique and delicious.

What started me on this infusion-making extravaganza was realizing that flavored vodkas from the liquor store have a ‘taste’ to them, which in turn made me think there could be some unnatural flavoring in there.

But when making homemade infusions, YOU control the ingredients. I love that!

Speaking of controlling the ingredients, many infusion recipes by other creators call for sugar. Here is what I think about adding sugar: Don’t do it!

The only time I would add sugar is if I am making a cordial or liqueur. My friend Laura has a lovely orange liqueur here.

But if you are using the alcohol as the main ingredient like in a strawberry cosmo, you shouldn’t add sugar to the infusion.

The time to add a sweetener is when you are mixing the cocktail, not when you are making the infusion. Ripe, seasonal fruit adds plenty of sugar to the infusion. A good mixologist needs to know how that sweetness will blend with their other cocktail ingredients before they add sugar and ruin a perfectly good cocktail by making it too sweet.

Try it my way and you’ll see what I mean!

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Helpful tips

  • For infusions, you can use a low to mid level brand of alcohol. I’m using Ketel One, which is a solid vodka.
  • Raspberries are a fragile fruit so wash the fruit with care and do not soak them in water as they are quite porous. Place the raspberries in a sieve and run cold water over them.
  • Blot the raspberries dry after washing them.
  • You don’t have to sterilize the jar you’ll use for the infusion, but do wash it first with warm soapy water and then dry it thoroughly.
  • I use a bigger jar than I need for my infusions because I like having enough room in the jar to shake the ingredients together.
  • Since I’m making this raspberry vodka during the summer and a heat wave, I’m placing the infusion in the refrigerator. That means it will take longer than if you were allowing it to infuse on the counter.
  • Infusing in the fridge usually takes 1 – 2 days longer than on the counter.
  • Shake the vodka and raspberries 2 times a day – morning and evening. I usually do it right before breakfast and dinner.
  • My advice is do not eat the raspberries after the infusion is done. The raspberries are pale and don’t taste good at this point.

How to make raspberry infused vodka

Pre-step

Wash the jar with warm, soapy water and dry it well.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – raspberries and vodka.

Raspberries in a plastic container, a vodka bottle and jar in the background

Step two

Add the raspberries to the jar.

Raspberries in a large jar with the vodka in the back

Step three

Pour 4 cups of vodka into the jar over the raspberries.

Vodka being poured into the jar over the raspberries

Look at those gorgeous berries.

A capped jar with vodka and raspberries in it

Step four

Cap the jar and give it a shake, it’s okay to be vigorous with your shaking.

Step five

Place in the refrigerator and shake 2 times daily. Once in the morning and once in the evening.

Here is the raspberry infusion after 3 days in the fridge. As you can see, it’s infusing well.

A jar with raspberries and vodka after 3 days of infusing

Step six

Place back into the fridge for 3 more days, don’t forget to shake twice daily.

Here is the raspberry vodka after 6 days.

A jar with vodka and raspberries with a sieve in the back

Step seven

Line a sieve with a piece of fine cheesecloth and place it in a large bowl.

Pour the contents of the jar over the cheesecloth and into the bowl.

A big glass bowl with the raspberry vodka in it

Step eight

Either jar up the vodka or pour it into a decorative bottle.

Raspberries on a table with the bottle of red vodka

Look at that color!

A capped bottle of red vodka with raspberries on the table

And wait till you taste its wonderful flavor! Make sure to sample it before you begin using it to mix cocktails.

I hope you enjoyed this raspberry infused vodka recipe! I can’t wait to share the cocktail I usually make with it.

Here’s a cocktail with this raspberry vodka as it’s main ingredient.

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A wooden table with a bottle of raspberry vodka

Raspberry Infused Vodka

All you need are a handful of raspberries and your favorite vodka to create the Raspberry Infused Vodka of your dreams. Simply add the ingredients to a jar, then sit back and relax while the work is done for you!
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: infused vodka, raspberry infused vodka, vodka infusions
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Infusion time: 6 days
Total Time: 6 days 5 minutes
Servings: 32 ounces
Calories: 158kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups raspberries (12 ounce container – washed and blotted dry)
  • 4 cups vodka

Instructions

  • Wash the jar with warm, soapy water and dry thoroughly.
  • Add raspberries in the jar.
  • Pour vodka in the jar.
  • Cap it and give it a vigorous shake.
  • If it is in the summer when you make this, place the jar in the refrigerator. If it is cooler weather, you can infuse it on the counter.
  • Shake the jar twice a day, once in the morning and again in the evening. Let it infuse for 6 days in the fridge or for 5 days if you have the jar on the counter.
  • Line a sieve with fine cheesecloth and place it on a large bowl. (see equipment for what I use.)
  • Pour the contents of the jar in the sieve and into the bowl and let the raspberries drain. Toss the raspberries as they won't be edible at this point.
  • Transfer to a jar or decorative bottle.
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful tips
  • For infusions, you can use a low to mid level brand of alcohol. I’m using Ketel One, which is a solid vodka.
  • Raspberries are a fragile fruit so wash the fruit with care and do not soak them in water as they are quite porous. Place the raspberries in a sieve and run cold water over them.
  • Blot the raspberries dry after washing them.
  • You don’t have to sterilize the jar you’ll use for the infusion, but do wash it first with warm soapy water and then dry it thoroughly.
  • I use a bigger jar than I need for my infusions because I like having enough room in the jar to shake the ingredients together.
  • Since I’m making this raspberry vodka during the summer and a heat wave, I’m placing the infusion in the refrigerator. That means it will take longer than if you were allowing it to infuse on the counter.
  • Infusing in the fridge usually takes 1 – 2 days longer than on the counter.
  • Shake the vodka and raspberries 2 times a day – morning and evening. I usually do it right before breakfast and dinner.
  • My advice is do not eat the raspberries after the infusion is done. The raspberries are pale and don’t taste good at this point.

Nutrition

Serving: 2ounces | Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 463mg | Fiber: 20g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Vitamin C: 79mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. This is absolutely genius and I love that it is pretty quick to infuse! Saving it for later to make for myself or maybe as a gift?

    1. Thanks Melanie! I love infusing alcohol and this one is a winner! I love giving bottles away as gifts and I bet you will too!

  2. I love infusing bright fruit flavours into vodka but so far I haven’t done raspberries. I love the bright red colour, perfect for those holiday cocktails coming up.

  3. What a wonderful combination of flavors. I do agree it’s better to make your own flavored vodka drinks and control exactly what goes into it. I see a gift here for a foodie friend of mine. Thanks for this simple recipe!!

  4. Hello, and good morning. I found your Raspberrry infused recipe via a Facebook group and decided it looked so refreshing and tasty. I had to try it out! I had most of the ingredients I needed, went to the store right away, and got the rest of what I needed. I have to say I was super impressed! Excellent instructions and tips that were easy to follow The recipe turned out fantastic. I will be bookmarking this recipe to make again soon. Have a fabulous day, and thanks!

  5. Making infused spirits always intrigued me! I tried making some with spices and herbs but I haven’t tried berries yet! Pinning for later!

  6. Looks amazing! How far in advance to Christmas do you think I could make it, without losing any of that vibrant colour?

    1. You will never lose the vibrant color. I’d make it now if the raspberries aren’t too expensive, Ellen. It’s one of my favorite infusions. Strawberries being the other one. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

  7. I want to make this for New Year’s Eve. You mentioned that it takes longer to infuse in the fridge. If I were to leave it to infuse in the pantry how many days do you think it would take?

    I had no idea how easy it would be to infuse your own vodka, can’t wait to try!

    1. Sorry Anna. I was traveling most of yesterday and today. I don’t think it will be done by NYE. But you can try. You can help it along by muddling the berries a little bit and shaking vigorously!