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Easy Homemade Orange Infused Vodka Recipe


This Infused Vodka recipe is super easy to make at home and is a delicious way to customize your favorite vodka cocktail recipes. Let me show you how to infuse vodka with oranges to create a flavorful homemade citrus vodka. You won’t believe how easy this DIY flavored vodka is to make.

A jar on a counter top with orange infused vodka.
Let’s make this easy infused vodka recipe.

Infused liquor is great for cocktails

Homemade orange vodka is a quick and easy way to give your drink recipe more citrus flavor. And best of all, you can make small(ish) portions so you can try a variety of flavors.

If you’ve ever wondered how to infuse vodka, it couldn’t be easier. Using flavored vodka is a great way to create custom cocktails at home.

Related: How to Infuse Wine with Lemon and Herbs

Using your favorite vodka will ensure you love the flavor no matter what you use to infuse it with.

It’s really as easy as adding the 2 ingredients to a jar and letting it steep for several days.

I don’t like to buy specialty liquor (I just don’t have the space!) but this is an easy way to make your own flavored liquor at home! You can pretty much use this citrus vodka in any of my vodka recipes.


A bottle of Smirnoff vodka laying on a wooden counter with oranges next to it.
Here’s what you need to make orange infused vodka.
  • vodka
  • fresh oranges

You can use any type of vodka for this. Use what you have on hand or what you like the flavor of. The bottle doesn’t need to be expensive.

I like to buy organic oranges because I know that they won’t (shouldn’t) contain as many chemicals or pesticides. Also make sure to rinse them well, using a fruit and veggie wash if you have it.

As far as the amounts go, it’s very flexible. I used a few cups of vodka and a few oranges to make a small-ish batch of flavored vodka.

How to Make Orange Flavored Vodka

Orange peels infusing vodka in a mason jar with an orange next to it.

Start with a clean mason jar. I use a larger size to give it space but you don’t need to fill up the whole jar if you don’t want to.

Step 1

Use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin of the navel orange, being careful not to get too much of the bitter white pith just below the surface.

Add the orange peels to the jar.

Step 2

Add the vodka.

Step 3

Put the lid on the jar and give it a nice little shake.

Step 4

Place the flavored vodka in the pantry for about 3-5 days. Make sure to give it a little shake at least once a day.

Strain the flavored vodka

A jar of homemade orange infused vodka next to an empty jar, coffee filter and funnel.

When the flavors are as bold as you’d like them to be, use a coffee filter and funnel to strain the infused vodka into a new clean jar.  

Discard the fruit solids and store the flavored vodka in an airtight container.

Store the finished vodka in the refrigerator.

How to use flavored vodka in cocktails

You can use this orange flavored vodka in any cocktail recipe that uses plain vodka and has complimentary flavors to whatever you used to infuse the liquor.

Since we made an orange vodka you could use it in:

Infused Vodka Ideas

  • Use any type of citrus to create a homemade citrus vodka.
  • Change up the fruit you use to create other fruity-flavored vodkas.
  • Create your own infusions by using a few different types of fruits.
  • Don’t love vodka? You can infuse tequila and whiskey too.
  • I have heard that you can flavor vodka with things like candy also, so get creative!


Stronger flavors (like herbs) won’t take as long to infuse. Fruits generally take 4-7 days.

It is suggested that you taste it each day to see if it has the flavor you are looking for.  

But here’s the thing with that. You are tasting straight alcohol. So no matter how much it is “infused” it is still going to taste pretty terrible, no? So this is not a good method for me.

I like things on the bolder side anyway so I always err on the side of too strong rather than too weak.

I don’t make a ton of one flavor at a time so that I can try out different flavors and see how they work in my favorite drinks.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I soak the oranges?

To make homemade infused vodka with oranges, you’ll want to let the oranges soak in the vodka for 3-5 days. Start to evaluate the smell after day 2 and check it each day until you get the desired flavor.

How long does homemade fruit infused vodka last?

After infusing the vodka for 3-5 days, you will strain out the fruit and you can store the flavored vodka in a cool place. It should keep for a few months or longer, but I like to make smaller amounts so that I can use it up faster.

Do you refrigerate fruit infused vodka?

If infusing vodka with fruit, you can leave it on the counter for the few days it takes to infuse it with flavor. After that, you’ll remove the fruit solids and store it in the fridge. Read more about how to store infused vodka on Bon Appetit.

Orange infused vodka in a jar next to a lid with a larger jar and orange peels sitting next to it.

I LOVED how this easy homemade orange infused vodka recipe turned out. It’s so easy to use in place of plain vodka in cocktails and adds so much flavor.

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Orange Infused Vodka Recipe

Make your own homemade flavored vodka with just a few ingredients! Grab your favorite vodka and some fresh oranges and make this easy recipe to use in your favorite vodka cocktails for extra flavor.
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Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Soaking Time: 4 days
Total Time: 4 days 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 205kcal


  • 2 cups vodka
  • 2 oranges, peel only


  • Wash oranges well.
  • Using a vegetable peeler, remove the skin of the oranges, making sure to not go too deep and get too much of the bitter white pith.
  • Add the orange peels to a clean jar.
  • Add the vodka.
  • Cover and shake.
  • Place in a cool, dark area for 3-5 days, making sure to shake the jar at least once a day.
  • After day 2, start smelling the vodka and assessing how much flavor it is infused with.
  • When you like the flavor profile, use a funnel and coffee filter to strain out the fruit solids and store the flavored vodka in a new, clean jar with lid.
  • Store the flavored liquor in the refrigerator. Use within a few weeks.


Use this homemade orange vodka in place of plain vodka in any cocktail that has complimentary flavors. 
I like to make small-ish batches so that I can use it up and try out other flavors. 
You don’t have to use expensive vodka to make your own flavors, but it should be a brand that you already know you enjoy the flavor of. 


Serving: 1.5ounces | Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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