Last Updated on June 12, 2023 by The Noms
An easy homemade Salted Caramel Vodka that becomes a DIY liqueur, perfect for creamy dessert drinks and any caramel flavored cocktail!
This Salted Caramel Vodka is an absolutely decadent treat and it can also be a great gift to present friends for the holidays coming up! Some great cocktail recipes can be made with it, like a Salted Caramel White Russia or boozy milkshake.
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We had been wanting to make our own caramel vodka for a while now, so we did. We made two recipes, one that is plain caramel, and this one with salt. It’s amazing just how easy this recipe is!
This salted caramel vodka is reminiscent of bourbon cream liqueurs like a caramel cream liqueur. But, we didn’t add any heavy cream or whole milk into this homemade liqueur recipe other than if there was any in the caramel candy.
Is there a Caramel Flavored Vodka?
As far as liqueur, there is a Caramel Kahlua, but that is more of a caramel coffee liqueur, and in this case we wanted a caramel syrup-like liqueur with salty flavors.
Homemade Salted Caramel Vodka
A great bottle of Salted Caramel Vodka is available in the stores, and it super tasty. But this homemade version is closer to Baileys Irish Cream in consistency to the liqueur and flavor profile. It almost tastes like brown sugar with caramel notes on the taste buds, perfect for dessert cocktails.
This Salted Caramel Vodka is sweet with a touch of salty, as well as a bit of a bite from the vodka and all of it combined together with the creaminess of a liqueur. We make this recipe so easy which is just infused vodka with chewy caramel candies and a touch of salt. Small amounts of coarse sea salt or Kosher salt is a perfect choice, but table salt will work, too.
As we noticed with the Caramel vodka, there was a white frothy bit at the top of the infusion. So we strained that out before adding the salt and storing the Salted Caramel Vodka. There may be a bit of the candy or extra bits down at the bottom of the glass, so make sure to get that out, or leave it in the bottle while straining.
Then we added a pinch of salt, an eighth of a teaspoon. If it isn’t salty enough you can always add more later, or even add it to cocktails you make! You can also have a salt rim on a cocktail glass if it isn’t enough for special occasions.
Ingredients Needed for the Salted Caramel Vodka
Not many things are needed, but the following ingredients are:
- Vodka – any brand will do, just a plain bottle of vodka. A nicer vodka will make a nicer caramel liqueur, though, so keep that in mind.
- Caramels – wrapped caramels work great, or if you have access to meltable caramels, those will work too. Either way, you will be filtering the infused vodka through a coffee filter, which will get rid of any residue left behind by the caramels. Just simply cut the caramels in half to make infusing even easier and quicker.
- Salt – you can use any kind of salt, table salt is fine, but we used sea salt. (Kosher or coarse sea salt is better!) Just a pinch of sea salt adds a great salty goodness to this Salted Caramel Vodka. Make sure to shake or stir to break up and dissolve that coarse salt.
Instructions to Make the Salted Caramel Vodka
This process does take a few days, between 2-3 days, so make sure to plan that time for the infusion to take place. But, you just have to combine the ingredients, do some bottle shaking, and then filter, and you have some delicious homemade salted caramel vodka, perfect for our caramel apple mimosa (with edible glitter), caramel mule or any other fall cocktails! This homemade cream liqueur is easy to make and flavorful:
- First thing, Combine the vodka and caramels in a mason jar with lid (or any other container with a lid that seals well).
- Shake 2 times a day for 2-3 days and taste before filtering to make sure the flavor is what you want.
- When ready (at personal preference), strain through a coffee filter or cheesecloth. Add salt.
- Store in an airtight container.
How to Store the Homemade Caramel Vodka
In an airtight container. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated, so it can stay on your home bar or bar cart at room temperature. But, if you make a large batch, make sure to use it within 6 months.
Tips & Tricks
- Gifts – This Salted Caramel Vodka is a great homemade gift for a hostess gift, housewarming or the holiday season for a sweet tooth. Simply make a big batch of this recipe, and then make sure to save some for yourself before packaging this liqueur up! Put it in a pretty bottle with a bow, and maybe a recipe card with this recipe, or tasty caramel vodka drinks like our Caramel Apple Cider Mimosas, Caramel Apple Mules or Pumpkin Salted Caramel Martini! I would want a bottle of this under the Christmas tree!
- This homemade liqueur is great in or on other recipes, too! Try it on ice cream, in hot chocolate or add a bit to some whipped cream for a boozy treat! If you switch up Classic White Russian cocktails with some caramel-flavored liqueurs, it will make some mean White Russians! Or, use your cocktail shaker to make some classic whiskey cocktails switched up with some caramel flavor.
- Mixers – this caramel liqueur makes a perfect cocktail with a number of different mixers! Some ideas are heavy whipping cream, peanut butter whiskey, a dessert martini with melted chocolate, and it’s also lovely mixed with fresh lime juice or lemon juice for a perfect drink for summer. So, make your own salted caramel cocktail!
- Liquor Base – you can use another liquor other than vodka. A vanilla vodka would make a lovely mixture of flavors, or try some in whiskey. I think homemade caramel whiskey would be amazing in a tall glass with some ice cubes and a shot of espresso!
- Add ons – maybe a caramel drizzle from a squeeze bottle into a martini glass with our Butterscotch Bourbon Sauce (a darker form of caramel syrup), and this salted caramel sauce is tasty in our Butterscotch Eggnog, too! (Imagine it with the caramel vodka, too!)
- Other homemade liqueur ideas – we love our homemade peach liqueur, banana liqueur, allspice dram or a cocao nib infusion would be lovely!
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This Salted Caramel Vodka is perfect for creamy dessert cocktails and great fall drinks!
- 2 cups vodka
- 16 caramels, unwrapped (or soft meltable caramels, about 1/3 cup), cut in half if larger caramels
- 1/8 tsp sea salt or Kosher Salt
- Combine vodka and caramels in a jar with a lid. Shake jar before letting sit.
- Shake every 12 hours or so for a couple days.
- Let sit for at least 2 days - we did this a few times, and it was anywhere between 2 days to 3 days for it all to break down.
- Strain out caramel remnants and solids. You can use a mesh strainer and cheesecloth like we did. Or just a coffee filter.
- Add in salt and stir.
- Store in a jar with a lid.
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Serving Size:1 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: .8gSaturated Fat: .3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 7.8gSugar: 6.6gProtein: .5g
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