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Chai-spiced vodka recipe

Chai-spiced vodka recipe

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Cloves, vanilla, cardamom and an array of other spices all star in this fragrant vodka that's perfect for gifting this festive season See method

  • Serves 4 x 250ml bottles
  • 5 mins plus 1 week infusing
  • 74 calories / serving
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free


  • 900ml vodka (from a 1ltr bottle)
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 8 cardamom pods, plus extra to gift
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick, plus extra to gift
  • 1 vanilla pod, halved lengthways
  • 4cm piece ginger, thinly sliced

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    0g 0%
  • Saturates

    0g 0%
  • Sugars

    4g 4%
  • Salt

    0g 0%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 4g Protein 0.1g Fibre 0.2g


  1. Pour out 100ml vodka, keeping 900ml in the bottle, then use a funnel to pour the sugar into the bottle. Put on the lid and shake vigorously.
  2. Lightly crush the cardamom pods with a rolling pin or the side of a knife and add to the bottle with the remaining ingredients. Put the lid back on the bottle; leave in a dark place to infuse for 3 days, shaking daily to help dissolve the sugar.
  3. After 3 days, pour everything though a sieve into a jug, remove the ginger, then return the other spices to the bottle with the vodka. Leave for another 4 days in a dark place, shaking each day as before. 4 After a week the sugar should be dissolved and the vodka fragrant. Pour into a jug through a muslin- lined sieve to remove the spices; discard these. Decant the flavoured vodka back into its bottle to store until ready to give, or divide between smaller sterilised* gifting bottles. Add 3 extra cardamom pods (not crushed) and a cinnamon stick to each bottle just before gifting.

Get ahead:
Once the spices have been removed it will keep for at least a year, so make as early as you like.

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*To sterilise the bottles, wash with hot, soapy water and rinse. Dry in the oven for 25 mins at gas 1, 140°C, fan 120°C. Boil screw caps or rubber seals for 10 mins, then leave to dry.

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