What are the Best Home Vodka Tinctures?

Home vodka base tinctures

What comes to one’s mind when ‘vodka’ is being offered? A shot, Bloody Mary, Screwdriver – are most well-known around the world and most definitely they are all served during the chillout. We are going to introduce other vodka-based interesting cocktails and tinctures which do not only provide the desired high effect, but are used for medical purposes. Yes, there are quite a few recipes popular in post-soviet countries which you might find really useful when you try.

The “King” of vodka-based drinks used for both pleasure and as a remedy for colds and fevers is “Pertsovka”. The name comes from “perez”, or pepper in Russian, and can be easily prepared at home. It features a wonderful burning taste and medicinal properties. Red pepper contains a high amount of capsaicin, which helps to dilate blood vessels, anesthetizes, and increases the blood flow. Moreover, it fights effectively against harmful microorganisms as it is rich in endorphins and vitamins A and B. When you feel sick, your nose is blocked, you have a sore throat and headache – give “Pertsovka” tincture a try. Take 40 -50 ml three times a day before food and enjoy the immediate long-lasting effect.

PERTSOVKA TINCTURE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • Vodka – 1L
  • Red pepper – 1 piece of 10-12cm pepper, preferably chili pepper. Do not cut, or pierce.
  • Paprika – ½ dessert spoon, cut in small pieces.
  • Black pepper – 3 whole pieces
  • Cinnamon – powdered, a pinch
  • Honey – 1 tea spoon, the more aromatic the better

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to vodka bottle.
  2. Close the bottle, shake it daily.
  3. After 10 days filter through the cheesecloth.
  4. You can keep the chili pepper as a decoration.
  5. You can take it right after the filtration, but the best time is to give it a rest for one week.
  6. Improvise by adding your favorite herbs or spices.

PERTSOVKA TINCTURE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • Vodka – 1L
  • Red pepper – 1 piece of 10-12cm pepper, preferably chili pepper. Do not cut, or pierce.
  • Paprika – ½ dessert spoon, cut in small pieces.
  • Black pepper – 3 whole pieces
  • Cinnamon – powdered, a pinch
  • Honey – 1 tea spoon, the more aromatic the better

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to vodka bottle.
  2. Close the bottle, shake it daily.
  3. After 10 days filter through the cheesecloth.
  4. You can keep the chili pepper as a decoration.
  5. You can take it right after the filtration, but the best time is to give it a rest for one week.
  6. Improvise by adding your favorite herbs or spices.

A “Queen” vodka-based tincture is “Klyukovka”, on cranberry. It is loved by Siberian people due to its mild sweet and sour taste and high concentration of vitamin C. In the tough conditions of Siberia, local people have developed effective recipes to strengthen the immunity and fight against colds. Furthermore, when the guest reaches a welcoming Siberian house he is offered a homebrew warming drink with rich ruby coloor. It is also an important liquor at the celebration table.

KLYUKOVKA TINCTURE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • Cranberry – 250g
  • Vodka – 0.5L
  • Sugar – 1 dessert spoon
  • Water – 50ml

Instructions:

  1. Wash the berries, sort, remove bad ones, pierce each berry with the needle.
  2. Place pierced cranberries in 1L jar. (In case you want a faster drink – crush the berries, but at do double filtration in step 6)
  3. Add vodka to berries and mix thoroughly.
  4. Close the jar with the lid and place it to the dark warm place for 2 weeks.
  5. Shake the jar every 2-3 days.
  6. After 15 days filter the tincture through the 4 layers cheesecloth.
  7. Squeeze the cheesecloth to the tincture.
  8. If the tincture is too sour – add liquid honey.
  9. Leave the closed jar in the fridge for at least 24 hours.

KLYUKOVKA TINCTURE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • Cranberry – 250g
  • Vodka – 0.5L
  • Sugar – 1 dessert spoon
  • Water – 50ml

Instructions:

  1. Wash the berries, sort, remove bad ones, pierce each berry with the needle.
  2. Place pierced cranberries in 1L jar. (In case you want a faster drink – crush the berries, but at do double filtration in step 6)
  3. Add vodka to berries and mix thoroughly.
  4. Close the jar with the lid and place it to the dark warm place for 2 weeks.

5. Shake the jar every 2-3 days.

6. After 15 days filter the tincture through the 4 layers cheesecloth.

7. Squeeze the cheesecloth to the tincture.

8. If the tincture is too sour – add liquid honey.

9. Leave the closed jar in the fridge for at least 24 hours.

One more well-loved vodka-based tincture is “Brusnichno-Vishnevaya”, made from lingonberry and cherry. It is fragrant with a pleasant aftertaste. The cherry provides sweetness, the lingonberry adds a little bitterness, while the clove imparts an elusive flavor. Lingonberry is an extremely useful berry with medicinal properties. It is rich in phenol glycosides, ursolic acid, tannis and arbutin, a substance that is antiseptic of the urinary tract. Lingonberry provides antibacterial, laxative and choleretic effects.

BRUSNICHNO-VISHNEVAYA RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • Vodka – 0.5L
  • Cherry (pitted) – 1 glass
  • Lingonberry – 1 glass
  • Carnation (Clove) – 6 pieces
  • Brown sugar – 1/2 glass

Instructions:

  1. Add cherry, lingonberry, sugar and vodka to the glass jar.
  2. Mix carefully until sugar dissolves.
  3. Place to the dark place for 6-8 weeks.
  4. Shake well every 3-5 days.
  5. After 6-8 weeks, filter through cheesecloth.

BRUSNICHNO-VISHNEVAYA RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • Vodka – 0.5L
  • Cherry (pitted) – 1 glass
  • Lingonberry – 1 glass
  • Carnation (Clove) – 6 pieces
  • Brown sugar – 1/2 glass

Instructions:

  1. Add cherry, lingonberry, sugar and vodka to the glass jar.
  2. Mix carefully until sugar dissolves.
  3. Place to the dark place for 6-8 weeks.
  4. Shake well every 3-5 days.
  5. After 6-8 weeks, filter through cheesecloth.

Another very popular home brew vodka tincture is Medovukha, or mead, made from honey. In old times in Russia honey was mixed in water where berry and fruit juices were added. Then, the mixture was kept in oak barrels for some times so that natural fermentation occurred. The honey should have been kept in barrels for at least three years. Some barrels were buried underground when the baby was born and were only opened at the grown baby’s wedding! Medovukha is well loved for not only its sweet taste but also for its valuable medicinal properties as it contains vitamin C, tocopherol – a natural antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effect, group B vitamins (thiamin, niacin, riboflavin and others), biotin – which plays an important role in digestive and metabolic processes, beta-carotene – another antioxidant. Moreover, Medovukha has a lot of minerals like iron, vanadium, rubidium and molybdenum. It can be taken to treat quite a big range of medical conditions, but not recommended for people with diabetes, allergic reaction to honey and liver and kidney illnesses.

MEDOVUKHA TINCTURE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • Natural honey (preferably light varieties) – 5 dessert spoons
  • Water – 1/2 glass
  • Vodka – 0.7 L
  • Lemon – 4 big pieces
  • Sugar – 3 dessert spoons

Instructions:

  1. Wash and dry the lemons.
  2. Squeeze the juice from 2 lemons (make sure lemon seeds do not get into the juice).
  3. Remove the yellow peel from other 2 lemons and then remove the soft white layer of zest (if not removed, Medovukha will have a bitter unpleasant aftertaste)
  4. Place the yellow peel and lemon juice to the big jar.
  5. Cut the peeled lemons to thin slices and add them to the jar with peel and juice.
  6. Pour vodka to the jar and mix thoroughly.
  7. Leave the jar for 24 hours under room temperature.
  8. After 24 hours, filter the mixture through the sieve or cheesecloth and squeeze the lemon slices.
  9. Filter the mixture again.
  10. Pour the drink to the bottles.
  11. It is recommended to keep bottles in the fridge.

MEDOVUKHA TINCTURE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • Natural honey (preferably light varieties) – 5 dessert spoons
  • Water – 1/2 glass
  • Vodka – 0.7 L
  • Lemon – 4 big pieces
  • Sugar – 3 dessert spoons

Instructions:

  1. Wash and dry the lemons.
  2. Squeeze the juice from 2 lemons (make sure lemon seeds do not get into the juice).
  3. Remove the yellow peel from other 2 lemons and then remove the soft white layer of zest (if not removed, MedovuKha will have a bitter unpleasant aftertaste)
  4. Place the yellow peel and lemon juice to the big jar.
  5. Cut the peeled lemons to thin slices and add them to the jar with peel and juice.

6. Pour vodka to the jar and mix thoroughly.

7. Leave the jar for 24 hours under room temperature.

8. After 24 hours, filter the mixture through the sieve or cheesecloth and squeeze the lemon slices.

9. Filter the mixture again.

10. Pour the drink to the bottles.

11. It is recommended to keep bottles in the fridge.

One more pure Russian vodka-based tincture is called “Khrenovukha”, or horseradish drink. It is easy to make and it has a number of therapeutic properties. It is interesting to know that horseradish contains more Vitamin C than lemons and oranges so Khrenovukha drink contributes to immunity strengthening. Group B vitamins improve metabolic processes and stimulate mental activity. Tannis help with intestines cleansing, while healthy carbohydrates are a source of energy for the emaciated organism. There are many more useful components like ash, fiber, flavonoids, mineral elements and mustard oil which make the drink unique. Added to the drink honey strengthens the positive outcomes. Khrenovukha has been known in Russia since the beginning of 16th century. Russian Tsar Petr I in 17th century issued a decree according to which each house must have 5 quarters of Khrenovukha drink.

KHRENOVUKHA TINCTURE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • Vodka – 0.5 L
  • Honey – 1-2 teaspoon
  • Horseradish root – 10 cm
  • Lemon juice – 2 dessert spoons

Instructions:

  1. Clean the horseradish root and cut to small round pieces or cubes. It can also be grated but in this case, the drink might be too strong.
  2. Place cut horseradish to the jar.
  3. Add honey and lemon juice.
  4. Pour half of vodka to the jar and mix thoroughly.
  5. Add another half of vodka.
  6. Close the jar and leave it in the dark cool place for 3-4 days, mixing regularly.
  7. After 3-4 days, filter the drink through the sieve, cheesecloth or coffee filter.
  8. Pour the drink to the bottle.
  9. Let it rest for 3-4 days and enjoy the drink.

KHRENOVUKHA TINCTURE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • Vodka – 0.5 L
  • Honey – 1-2 teaspoon
  • Horseradish root – 10 cm
  • Lemon juice – 2 dessert spoons

Instructions:

  1. Clean the horseradish root and cut to small round pieces or cubes. It can also be grated but in this case, the drink might be too strong.
  2. Place cut horseradish to the jar.
  3. Add honey and lemon juice.
  4. Pour half of vodka to the jar and mix thoroughly.
  5. Add another half of vodka.

6. Close the jar and leave it in the dark cool place for 3-4 days, mixing regularly.

7. After 3-4 days, filter the drink through the sieve, cheesecloth or coffee filter.

8. Pour the drink to the bottle.

9. Let it rest for 3-4 days and enjoy the drink.