How to Make Hopped Vodka

Hopped vodka, with its unique infusion of hop flavors, adds a delightful twist to traditional vodka. This homemade creation is perfect for those who appreciate the aromatic and bitter notes of hops. Before diving into the process, always consider legal regulations surrounding distillation and prioritize safety. Now, let's explore the steps of crafting your own hopped vodka.

Ingredients and Equipment:


  • High-Quality Vodka: 750 ml
  • Hops: 1-2 ounces (variety of your choice)
  • **Optional: Additional Flavorings (e.g., citrus peel, herbs) for Infusion


  • Large Mason Jar or Glass Container with Lid
  • Fine Mesh Strainer or Cheesecloth
  • Distillation Apparatus (if starting from scratch)
  • Thermometer
  • Heat Source (e.g., Stovetop, Electric Heater)
  • Glass Bottles with Sealable Lids


1. Selecting Hops:

  1. Choose your preferred hop variety or a blend for the desired flavor profile. Common varieties include Cascade, Centennial, or Citra.

2. Prepare Hops and Additional Flavorings:

  1. If using whole hops, crush them slightly to release their aromatic oils.
  2. Optionally, add any additional flavorings like citrus peel or herbs to enhance complexity.

3. Combine Vodka and Hops:

  1. In a large mason jar or glass container, combine 750 ml of high-quality vodka with the crushed hops and additional flavorings.
  2. Seal the jar with a lid.

4. Infusion Process:

  1. Place the jar in a cool, dark place to allow the vodka to infuse with hop flavors.
  2. Let it sit for at least 24-48 hours. Longer infusion times will result in more intense hop flavors.

5. Strain the Infusion:

  1. After the desired infusion period, strain the vodka using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove hop and flavoring particles.
  2. Discard the strained hops and other solids.

6. Bottle and Store:

  1. Carefully transfer the hopped vodka into glass bottles with sealable lids.
  2. Store the bottles in a cool, dark place for additional maturation.

7. Quality Check:

  1. Taste the hopped vodka and adjust the flavor intensity if needed. You can add more hops for further infusion if desired.

8. Optional Distillation (if starting from scratch):

  1. If you want to create hopped vodka from scratch, distill a neutral spirit and infuse it with hops during the process.


  1. Hop Varieties:

    • Experiment with different hop varieties to discover unique flavor profiles.
  2. Infusion Duration:

    • Adjust the infusion time based on your preference for hop intensity. Shorter times yield milder flavors, while longer times result in more robust hop characteristics.
  3. Temperature Control:

    • If distilling from scratch, maintain precise temperature control during the process to preserve hop flavors.
  4. Additional Flavorings:

    • Explore additional flavorings to complement the hop profile, such as citrus peel, herbs, or other botanicals.
  5. Safety First:

    • Adhere to safety guidelines during the distillation process (if applicable) and ensure compliance with local regulations.

Crafting hopped vodka is a flavorful adventure that allows you to tailor the spirit to your preferences. As you enjoy the hoppy notes of your homemade creation, may each sip be a celebration of the craft that went into its making. Cheers to the art of infusion and the joy of crafting your own spirited elixirs!

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