Vodka is an ideal cocktail base as it has no colour or flavour. Vodka will not freeze so it can be stored in the freezer indefinitely and brought out when icy-cold cocktails are required.
Vodka can be steeped with herbs or fragrant plant product. Try tarragon, honey, chilli. coffee beans, lemon peel or orange peel. Red capsicum ( pepper ), for example, will turn the vodka pink and give it a peppery flavour.
The flavouring agent should be left in the vodka for at least a week and stored away from light. Flavoured vodka should not be used as a mixer but drunk as it is in Russia, neat and cold. You can also use vodka to make vanilla bean extract.