Vanilla Bean Whiskey Cocktail

Vanilla Bean Whiskey CocktailThe other day my mom asked me if I would make cocktails for Christmas Eve dinner. My response? “Of course! I already bought all the stuff.” 😀 This time of year we have so many parties and dinners, both impromptu and planned, so I like to be prepared.

This cocktail is strong, but very flavorful. It’s perfect for those who like to order Manhattans and Old Fashioneds. It’s also what I like to call “one and done”… because I only need one to start feeling ummm “cheerful”.

You sold yet? Here’s the recipe:Vanilla Bean Whiskey Cocktail Vanilla Bean Whiskey Cocktail, serves one

2 ounces vanilla bean infused whiskey
1/2 an ounce Dr. McCillicuddy’s Intense Raw Vanilla
2 dashes aromatic cocktail bitters
1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
star anise

Pour the whiskey, vanilla liqueur, bitters and lemon juice into a cocktail shake with ice. Add a star anise. Shake-shake-shake! Serve in an old fashioned glass, garnished with star anise and a lemon wedge. Enjoy! Vanilla Bean Whiskey Cocktail To infuse my whiskey I used about half a bottle of whiskey and one full vanilla bean. Let it sit in a dark place for 24-48 hours and it’s ready! I made a pretty big batch because I thought this would also be great for hot toddies. Vanilla Bean Whiskey Cocktail Vanilla Bean Whiskey Cocktail I hope you have a wonderful, safe and festive holiday! Cheers! Helen

Vanilla Bean Whiskey Cocktail

Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vanilla bean infused whiskey
  • 1/2 an ounce Dr. McCillicuddy's Intense Raw Vanilla
  • 2 dashes aromatic cocktail bitters
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • star anise

Instructions

  1. Pour the whiskey, vanilla liqueur, bitters and lemon juice into a cocktail shake with ice. Add a star anise. Shake-shake-shake! Serve in an old fashioned glass, garnished with star anise and a lemon wedge.

Recipe Notes

To infuse my whiskey I used about half a bottle of whiskey and one full vanilla bean. Let it sit in a dark place for 24-48 hours and it's ready! I made a pretty big batch because I thought this would also be great for hot toddies.

Credits// Author and Photography: Helen Larson

  • You girls are amazing. How can you find the motivation, time and good ideas to publish all these amazing articles. Thanks for sharing.

  • I love the idea of infusing your own alcohol, so far I’ve only done it with vodka, but I’d love to do it with whiskey.
    As usual, this is a gorgeous cocktail 🙂

  • Star anis adds just enough potency to this sweet and spicy recipe. Good one to try for Christmas dinner – and afterwards. Thanks for this.

  • I’ve never heard of anything like this, it sounds delectable! Also is that a tea towel in the background? It’s neat!

  • Ohh Vanilla Bean always gets me!

    xo, Juliette Laura
    http://juliettelaura.blogspot.com

  • cheers! this looks like a whole lot of fun.
    merry Christmas to you both, girls! x
    -Jianine

  • This sounds so yummy!!! You had me at vanilla bean, and when I saw whiskey following that??? oh my. I love your one and done comment. Thanks for sharing!

  • Perfect recipe and looks really good. That small anise star is perfec t dot. xa Happy holidays.

  • Love this cocktail idea and must try soon! In the meantime, Merry Christmas!!!

    Meghan xo

  • Wishing you and your family a holly jolly Christmas filled with love and peace!
    <3
    katsfashionfix.blogspot.com

  • You all are so creative! Keep it up, also I noticed the vanilla liqueur is Mr. McGillicuddy, which also happens to be Lucy Ricardo’s maiden name in the show “I Love Lucy!” Yes, that was random, but I love Lucille Ball!

    I’ll have to make this for NYE! Happy Christmas SpG!

  • I don’t usually like whisky but I will try this for sure. I luuuuurve vanilla!
    http://www.creamstop.com

  • I will definitely try this cocktail. I cannot wait to make it tomorrow. I have to buy something.

  • I don’t like drinking, but it seems such a wonderful drink that I may try to do it. hahaha
    Have a lovely week!
    xxx

  • so pretty and it sounds absolutely delicious! I love anything vanilla.

    xoxo
    Taylor

    http://www.welcomehometaylor.com

  • Thanks so much Karina! We’re so happy you enjoy the blog. It’s a lot of work, but we love it so much!!

    xx- elsie

  • Hi Brianna,
    Yes! I bought it at a local shop, but I heard they also carry them at SurLaTable.

    XO! elsie

  • Hi Rachel,
    I used Bulleit this time. I also like Maker’s Mark (or whatever we have on hand!)
    xoxo- elsie

  • This sounds incredible! I’ve never actually tried to infuse anything myself, but vanilla bean infused whiskey sounds too good to pass up.

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