While cruising various foodie sites on social media, I saw a reference to a recipe for Vodka Mashed Potatoes. My first reaction was that I thought it was an odd combination of ingredients but hey, I like eclectic food so I just had to give it a try.
Now making mashed potatoes is not that difficult. And this recipe is really no different than every other mashed potato recipe out there, except the Vodka. Potato and Vodka? Yep.
🥃 Alcohol WarningPlease take into consideration that some of the alcohol in this recipe may not completely burn off and the remains could be of significant concern to recovering alcoholics, parents, and others who have ethical or religious reasons for avoiding alcohol.
But don’t worry, you can’t taste the vodka! But it sure does help with the consistency of these mashed potatoes.
💭 Ingredient Substitution
If you are looking for a non-alcoholic substitute for the Vodka, I would suggest either using Water or a little White Grape Juice. I have not tried either of these so you will need to experiment.
Everyone knows I love to add bacon to everything so if you are a fan of bacon, fold in a cup of cooked & crumbled bacon. For a little more flair, you can add some roasted garlic to taste.
🥓 How to Make Bacon
If you struggle to make bacon perfectly, I've put together a short tutorial on How to Make Perfect Bacon - 3 Ways. Check it out! My preferred method is baking it in the oven.
And don't throw away that bacon grease! Bacon is expensive and the grease is great for making Scrambled Eggs, Grilled Cheese, Popcorn and even hash browns. It can keep up to 3 months if properly stored in the refrigerator.
Updated 12/18/19: Changed from Russet to Yukon Gold potatoes. Having made this recipe several times now, I prefer Yukon Gold for this mashed potatoes recipe. But you can use whatever you have on hand or whatever is more convenient for you.
Did you know you can also make mashed potatoes in a pressure cooker? Check out my Instant Pot Bacon and Cheese Mashed Potatoes recipe.
For more great recipes with Vodka, I suggest you check these recipes out:
📋 What Ingredients do I need
You will need the following ingredients to make this Vodka Mashed Potatoes recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Yukon Gold Potatoes, Half & Half, Unsalted Butter, Vodka, Bacon, Salt & Pepper and Garlic Cloves.
🥣 How to Make Vodka Mashed Potatoes
In a saucepan, boil the potatoes in salted water for about 10 minutes. They should be slightly tender. Drain well.
In a large bowl, combine the cooked potatoes, half & half and butter. Using an electric beater, mix till well combined.
Add salt & pepper to taste. Mix in vodka.
Optionally fold in cooked bacon and/or roasted garlic to taste.
Vodka Mashed Potatoes
- Hand Mixer
- Large Bowl
- 10 Yukon Gold Potatoes
- ⅔ Cup Half and Half
- ½ Cup Unsalted Butter, Softened
- ¼ Cup Vodka
- 1 Cup Bacon, Cooked & Crumbled
- Salt and Pepper, To Taste
- Garlic Clove, Roasted - To Taste
- In a saucepan, boil the potatoes in salted water for about 10 minutes. They should be slightly tender. Drain well.
- In a large bowl, combine the cooked potatoes, half & half and butter. Using an electric beater, mix till well combined.
- Add salt & pepper to taste. Mix in vodka.
- Optionally fold in cooked bacon and/or roasted garlic to taste.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.
These vodka mashed potatoes were very tasty. I only made them because I was curious, but this will now be my go-to recipe.