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August 13, 2014

How To Make Hopped Vodka


What Is Hopped Vodka?

These days, there are all kinds of ridiculous types of vodka available at liquor stores. Our absolute least favorite is Cake Vodka, which more or less makes a mockery of distilled spirits. However, not all flavored vodkas are as silly as cake vodka. We present to you (assuming that you've never heard of this new and wonderful concoction), Hopped Vodka.

Hopped vodka is not only naturally flavored, it's also crazy delicious. There are currently only a few commercial hopped vodkas on the market, but with the popularity of hops in the beer world and the recent explosion in the number of craft distilleries (all trying to peddle new and unique products), we expect to see more soon. The best known commercial hopped vodka, and our personal favorite, is Hop Head Vodka distilled by the Anchor Distilling Company.

How is Hopped Vodka Made?

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By our calculations, there are about 4 ways that hopped vodka can be made. The first three are ways that a commercial distiller might go about making this and these methods will require more time and patience. The last method is about as close to a "food hack" as we can imagine.

  1. The first way is to make a mash with hops in it. A commercial distiller would essentially make beer and then distill it instead of bottling or kegging.

  2. The second way a commercial distiller would produce hopped vodka is to blend the hops in neutral grain spirits, and then re-distill.

  3. The third way a commercial distiller would make this would be to add hops to a gin basket and pass alcohol vapor through the basket during distillation.

  4. And finally, the fourth way to make it would be to dry hop a store bought vodka with hops without further processing.  

Since we're not commercial distillers, we decided to see if we could make a palatable hopped vodka using method 4, which literally took less than 10 minutes. To our surprise, it was awesome! If you're a fan of hops, we highly recommend that you make some of your own using the following procedure.

We used store bought vodka when testing this recipe out.

Easy Hopped Vodka Recipe:

What Is Needed To Make Hopped Vodka?

  • 1750 ML Vodka
  • 1/2 ounce of Willamette hops**
  • Funnel
  • Mason Jar
  • Mesh Strainer
  • Mesh Filter Bag For The Hops
  • Hops

How To Make Hopped Vodka 

  • Add 1/2 ounce of hops to the hop bag that is inside a 1/2 gallon mason jar. Note, DO NOT add any more hops than this. We tried several variations of this recipe and half an ounce is about the maximum amount of hops that can be added before the final product begins to taste bitter.

Add hopps to hop bag or cheese cloth

  • Remove the white flow reducer cap from the bottle.

Pro tip: remove flow restriction device from vodka bottle.

  • Add 1750 ML of vodka to the 1/2 gallon mason jar.

Add vodka to the mason jar

  • Remove the hops after 10 minutes.

Remove hops

  • Drink and Enjoy.

Drink and enjoy.

    Hopped Vodka Dirty Martini

    • 2 ounces hopped vodka
    • 1 tbsp dry vermouth
    • 2 tbsp olive juice
    • 2 olives

    Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with cracked ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with an olive, and serve.

     **You can actually use any type of hop that you want. We chose this type because it's all that we had in the refrigerator!

    • Making a batch tonight using 1 qt 100 proof corn whiskey. Pack of Centennial Hops with 2 tbls our honey. Will update. Did not care for hopped hard cider…see how this goes.

      Posted by plumber on July 28, 2022
    • Craig’s comment about whole hops is incorrect, but you’ll get faster infusion with pellets so i’d stil reccomend using these over whole leaf

      Posted by Stew on March 15, 2019
    • This looks pretty good! Gotta give it a go with some nicely dry moonshine.
      However, the Hopped Vodka Martini is an abomination in the eye of God! Martini with hopped vodka? Where is the madness going to stop? Appletini?

      Posted by Stevie Jay on October 16, 2014
    • Nice! I’ll have to try this, one note, make sure you use hop pellets as they did in this video, whole leaf hops must be boiled to release the hop oils.

      Posted by Craig on October 06, 2014

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