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7 DIY Vodka Infusions That'll Seriously Upgrade Your Homemade Cocktails

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Flavor-infused cocktails are always in order on a sweet summer night, and there's no better way to up your amateur bartending skills than with homemade vodka infusions.

Not only are the DIY versions healthier than their liquor-store counterparts -- see ya never, artificial flavors! --they're also wildly simple to make. Test out flavor combos you've been itching to try, like blueberries and watermelon for a fresh martini or bacon and habanero for a spicy bloody mary. Most recipes call for cutting fresh fruits, herbs or even meats and letting them soak in a jar of vodka for anywhere from 36 hours to 13 days before blending, mixing or simply pouring over ice.

Vodka infusions also make for pretty party décor, sweet kitchen counter accents and thoughtful gifts. And when you're sipping an artisanal homemade cocktail outside on a warm evening, you'll know that summer has officially arrived. Cheers to the seven infused vodka recipes below.

Blueberry Infused Vodka
Urban Baker
Bacon and Habanero Infused Vodka
Kitchen Konfidence
Get the Bacon and Habanero Infused Vodka recipe from Kitchen Konfidence.
Watermelon Infused Vodka
Simply Tangerine
Get the Vodka Infused Watermelon Martini recipe from Simply Tangerine.
Pickle Infused Vodka
Get the Pickle Infused Vodka recipe from FoodieCrush.
Pineapple Infused Vodka
My Baking Addiction
Get the Stoli Doli pineapple cocktail recipe from My Baking Addiction.
Fig, Vanilla Bean and Cardamom Infused Vodka
Tasty Yummies
Strawberry Basil Infused Vodka
Foodie with Family
Get the Strawberry Basil Infused Vodka recipe from Foodie with Family.
Blood Orange Sangria
How Sweet Eats
Get the Blood Orange Sangria recipe from How Sweet Eats
Meyer Lemon Whiskey Sours
Garnish With Lemon
Get the Meyer Lemon Whiskey Sours recipe from Garnish With Lemon
Bubbly Strawberry Mojitos
Garnish With Lemon
Get the Bubbly Strawberry Mojitos recipe from Garnish With Lemon
Blueberry Sangria
Love And Confections
Get the Blueberry Sangria recipe from Love And Confections
Peach Rosé Sangria
Garnish With Lemon
Get the Peach Rosé Sangria recipe from Garnish With Lemon
Mimosa Pitcher
Get the Mimosa Pitcher recipe from Diethood
Apple And Pear Sangria
Cooks With Cocktails
Get the Apple And Pear Sangria recipe from Cooks With Cocktails
Raspberry Rhubarb Collins Party Punch
Simple Bites
Fireball Sangria
Go Go Go Gourmet
Get the Fireball Sangria recipe from Go Go Go Gourmet
Sparkling Lemonade Sangria
College Housewife
Get the Sparkling Lemonade Sangria recipe from College Housewife
Green Tomato Bloody Mary
Bloody Mary Bar
Jelly Toast Blog
Get the Bloody Mary Bar recipe from Jelly Toast Blog
Watermelon Agua Fresca
Mind Over Batter
Get the Watermelon Agua Fresca recipe from Mind Over Batter
Giggling Spoons
Get the Tangiroska recipe from Giggling Spoons
Frisky Summer Punch
Giraffes Can Bake
Get the Frisky Summer Punch recipe from Giraffes Can Bake
Watermelon Gin Punch
Garnish With Lemon
Get the Watermelon Gin Punch recipe from Garnish With Lemon
Whiskey With Homemade Lemonade
Cooks With Cocktails
Get the Whiskey With Homemade Lemonade recipe from Cooks With Cocktails