January Fortifications with Spicy and Aromatic DIY Infused Vodkas

I know, I know…it’s now January and “we” are supposed to show a bit of restraint. All those resolutions and all. Well it’s cold outside and the sun has not been seen here in Nashville much lately. It’s damp and dark. We need fortification!

Personally I like dark, Winter days. I call this time “hibernation with intent”. I enjoy puttering about and making stuff, such as  these incredible infused vodkas. “Blackberry-Thyme” and “Rose Petal and Pink Peppercorn”. One more full-bodied and hearty, the other more delicate and subtle. Both easy to make and very fortifying indeed.

Delicate rose petals and spicy pink peppercorns….vodka.

Juicy blackberries and herbal-scented thyme….and vodka.

Put jars in cool dark place such as closet. Shake every now and then. If you start the process on a Friday your flavored vodkas will be ready to decant for happy hour the next Friday.

Chilled, like the weather, until icy cold.

Stay cozy, Prost….Cheers…..Saluti….Skal.

DIY Boozy January

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  • 4 cups vodka
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 small bunch fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup dried rose petals (food grade)
  • 1/4 cup whole pink peppercorns



  1. Pour 2 cups of vodka into 2 clean glass jars.
  2. Add to one jar the blackberries and thyme leaves. Push down into the vodka. Cover with tight-fitting lid.
  3. To second jar add rose petals and pink peppercorns. Stir. Cover with tight-fitting lid.
  4. Put both jars in a cool, dark cabinet or closet for 5 days. Shake each jar once a day.
  5. Decant each flavor of vodka by pouring through a fine mesh strainer into a measure cup. Then pour each one into glass bottles with tight-fitting lids. Stick in the freezer for a few hours. A shot will warm you up! I promise.  You can also use to make your favorite vodka cocktails.  How about as a gift? So many options.

Teresa Blackburn.     http://www.teresablackburnfoodstyling.com

10 thoughts on “January Fortifications with Spicy and Aromatic DIY Infused Vodkas

    1. Yes another great choice. I had blackberries and thyme left over from a shoot and lots of bottles of just a bit of vodka left in each one so tossed them together. Trying to not waste anything so then found a packet of edible rose petals in the pantry and a never used bottle of pink peppercorns. I’ve been doing lots of experiments. Let me know how Johan’s turns out. xoxo

  1. You are pretty lucky to be able to find blackberries, fresh thyme and rose petals to dry in January but most of us have to wait until the warmer months set in for those. Do you have any suggestions for any other more winter appropriate ingredients to infuse. Maybe some citrus?
    These look refreshing though! 🙂

  2. Pink peppercorn and rose petal vodka! And only a week! Now that’s some puttering I could get behind. I don’t have the peppercorns but I do have several jars of rose hips that I take from my old fashioned bush rose every year for tea. I may have to appropriate some and look for peppercorns when it’s NOT minus 11 degrees. Amazon maybe, lol!

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