Homemade brandy from vodka-a recipe for making tincture - Alcohol and Tradition

Homemade brandy from vodka-a recipe for making tincture

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Another simple recipe that mimics the organoleptic properties of the original. To make brandy from vodka at home, you need oak bark, hawthorn and rosehip berries, as well as several other easily available ingredients. You will get a soft drink of dark yellow color with a red tint, a floral cognac aroma and notes of oak.

Attention! Real cognacs and brandies are produced by infusing double-distilled grape distillate in oak barrels for at least three years. The recipe proposed in the article is just an attempt to recreate the color, taste and smell of cognac in a simpler, faster and more affordable way.

For the preparation of cognac tincture, use only pure vodka without additives (egg peel, birch buds, cranberries, lemon, etc.), since third-party impurities can give an unpredictable taste. Also, vodka can be replaced with diluted up to 40% ethyl or medical alcohol or double-distilled moonshine.


  • vodka – 1 liter;
  • oak bark – 2 teaspoons;
  • rosehip berries (dry) – 8 grams (10 pieces);
  • hawthorn berries (dry) – 10 grams (40 pieces);
  • sugar (honey) – 1 tablespoon;
  • carnation – 4 pieces (without hats, only legs);
  • black tea – 1 teaspoon;
  • nutmeg – 1 pinch.
  • vanilla-on the tip of the knife (optional).

Bark and berries can be purchased at the pharmacy. The addition of honey softens the tincture, but a light honey tint appears in the drink. The main thing is not to overdo it with vanilla, so that there are only weak notes.

Vodka brandy recipe

1. Brew the oak bark in boiling water (the water layer is 2-3 cm higher) and leave for 10 minutes. Drain the broth, rinse the bark in cold running water, then dry in the sun. Treatment with boiling water removes excess tannins, thanks to this, there will not be a characteristic taste of the skirting board for many “oak” tinctures.

2.Put the berries, cloves, nutmeg, tea and oak bark in a jar for infusing.

3. Pour in the vodka. Add sugar (honey) and vanilla. Stir, close the lid tightly.

4. Infuse for 25-30 days in a dark place with room temperature. Shake once every 5 days.

5. Filter the finished brandy from vodka through several layers of gauze and cotton wool.

6. Pour into storage bottles, seal tightly.

7. Before tasting, leave the drink for 1-2 days in a dark, cool place.

Shelf life-up to 5 years. The fortress is 37-38%.

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