The Elixir of the Seven Powers
Recipe type: Cocktail
  • 4 bottles (750 mL) semi-premium vodka (100 proof)
  • 2½ tablespoons whole anise seeds
  • 16 whole fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • ½ stick cinnamon
  • 2 vanilla beans, split and scraped
  • 4½ cups sugar
  • 4½ cups water
  • 2 tablespoons orange flower water
  • 1 large pinch saffron threads
  • 1 large piece cheesecloth, rinsed and folded
  1. Combine vodka, anise seeds, mint leaves, cloves, cinnamon, and scraped vanilla beans in a large glass or non-aluminium container; stir. Cover well, set aside in a cool, dark place for 6 days to infuse.
  2. On the seventh day, combine sugar, water, orange flower water, and saffron threads in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring mixture to a simmer; stir constantly until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; set aside to cool.
  3. Once syrup has completely cooled, add infused vodka; stir to combine. Strain through several layers of cheesecloth; bottle in sterilized bottles as desired. Store in a cool place. Serve the spirit chilled in small glasses as an after-dinner drink.
Makes about 5 liters.

This recipe requires good vodka and a bit of your time; it makes a great, personal, holiday gift that any spirits connoisseur would love.
Recipe by The Catholic Foodie at