Food & Drink

How to Make the Ultimate Thanksgiving-Spiced Vodka

Matthew Kelly / Supercall

Instead of serving the usual boozy suspects this Thanksgiving, treat your guests to  something special: a vodka that tastes just like Thanksgiving. By infusing vodka with dried fruit, candied nuts, baking spices and cinchona bark, you can make a unique, spiced dram that invokes all the flavors of a Thanksgiving table, from cranberry sauce to pecan pie. All you need is vodka, a trip to your local spice shop, a Mason jar and patience. The finished spirit can be used to make a fall-tasticVodka-Cranberry, as a base for a delicious holiday punch or dashed in cocktails like bitters for added layers of spiced depth.  

Supercall’s Thanksgiving Spiced Vodka

Tools:
Bar spoon
32 oz Mason jar
Cheesecloth
Large Bowl
Funnel
Measuring cup

Ingredients:
3 whole sticks of cinnamon bark
.5 cup candied ginger
3 whole nutmegs
15 allspice berries
2 tsp cinchona bark
5 bay leaves
.5 cup dried cranberries
1 cup candied pecans (see below)
1 750-ml bottle potato vodka

Method:

  • Place all ingredients in a 32 oz Mason jar.
  • Top with a bottle of potato vodka and seal the jar. Shake to mix.  
  • Store the jar in a cool, dark place for one week.
  • Line a fine sieve with a dampened cheesecloth and strain the vodka from the jar into a bowl.
  • Wash and sterilize the Mason jar. Using a funnel, pour the strained liquor back into the bottle. The finished vodka will keep indefinitely.

Candied Pecans

Tools:
Mixing bowl
Baking sheet

Ingredients:
1 cup pecans, shelled
.5 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp melted butter
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp sea salt

Method:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl and toss until the nuts are coated.
  • Spread the nut mixture on a large baking sheet and bake until the sugar has caramelized, about 10-15 minutes. Let cool.