Spicy gingerbread vodka

  • Makes 1 litre
  • Hands-on time 20 min, plus 4 days infusing
  • Easy
Debbie Major's flavoured vodka recipe, made with ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and cloves, makes a perfect edible gift to give at Christmastime

Nutritional info per serving

  • Calories286kcals
  • Fat0.1g (no saturated)
  • Protein0.2g
  • Carbohydrates15.5g (15g sugars)
  • Fibre0.3g
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  • 75g fresh ginger, finely chopped (no need to peel)
  • 75g crystallised ginger, chopped
  • 2 x 7cm cinnamon sticks
  • 10 cloves
  • ½ vanilla pod, split lengthways
  • 100g light soft brown or light muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp black treacle
  • 1 litre vodka


  1. Put all the ingredients into a large airtight jar. Give it a stir and leave it to infuse in a cool, dark place for 4 days, giving it a shake twice daily.  
  2. Strain the vodka into a bowl through a sieve lined with a double layer of muslin (discard the flavourings).
  3. Pour the finished vodka into bottles or decanters, seal, then store in a cool, dark place until needed.
  • Make the gingerbread vodka 1-2 months in advance. If you leave the vodka to infuse for longer than 4 days (step 1), the spice flavours will become stronger.

From November 2015

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    annaabrahams23:14 May 15 2017

    This really improves with age. A year and a half after I made it I think it tastes much better. Delicious!

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    rhyan ball7:55 Nov 23 2016

    I made this last November and was lovely then, however I left lots complete with ingredients in the large kinder jar until about a month ago, I put some in a hip flask and took it hunting, it was passed around and went down a storm. I now have orders for it..! It was” Delicious”

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    deborah broadley10:31 Jan 05 2016

    Just one word – amazing :p

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    carolesmith15:31 Dec 01 2015

    This is a really nice drink that would make a great Digestif with the Ginger in it. Very warming and not too sweet. I think I may pour it over a little cinnamon sugar to up the cinnamon flavour for when I have a sweet sticky moment!! Lovely.

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