Vodka, The Versatile Spirit | Darling Magazine

This is part one of a three-part series that will change how you see and use some of the every day items in your pantry. They will make your home sparkle, your skin smooth and leave your wallet fatter thanks to all that money you’ll save by avoiding pricey, branded products.

In this first part we will highlight vodka. Since the Middle Ages, vodka has been used for a multitude of things other than martinis. Vodka is a great antibacterial, antimicrobial and all around useful elixir. Try using it for the following…

Fabric Freshener. Spraying vodka on your fabrics gets the odors out and freshens fabrics. Since vodka is colorless and odorless, when it dries you won’t smell like a cocktail.

Facial Toner. Ideal for oily skin, vodka can act as a toner and also as a zit eliminator (who knew?) Just dab some on your face using a cotton ball and let dry.

Removing Mildew. To remove mildew on fabrics, simply toss a shot of vodka in with your liquid laundry detergent and wash as usual.

Eliminate Weeds and Garden Pests. Make a 2-1 mixture of water and vodka and add 2 drops of liquid dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray the affected areas.

Shiny Hair. Make your favorite shampoo luxe by adding 2oz of vodka in your shampoo bottle. Believe it or not, it gives you bouncy, soft, and shiny hair.

Insect Bites. Mix a shot of vodka with 2 drops of lavender oil to soothe insect bites and stings.

Penne Pasta with Pink Vodka Sauce. This quick sauce is so elegant and rich, people will think you’ve slaved for hours.

1lb box penne pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon Garlic Chili Paste*
1 cup vodka
14oz can diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning
10oz can tomato sauce
4 oz can tomato paste
1/2 pint heavy cream
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Bring water to a rolling boil and add pasta. Boil for exactly 5 minutes and drain. Meanwhile, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until they are translucent.

Add garlic chili paste and vodka. Cook until the alcohol has evaporated. Reduce heat and add tomatoes, sauce and tomato paste. Heat through.

Add heavy cream and Parmesan cheese and heat until the cheese is melted. Pour sauce in the pot of penne. Cover and let stand 2-3 minutes, then serve.

NOTE: You can adjust the garlic chili paste up or down depending on your palate.

Stay tuned for innovative uses for olive oil and vinegar…

Image via Sunday Suppers


  1. Pasta tip: Do not boil for exactly five minutes!
    Use whatever time the packet says as a guide time and keep on trying bits of pasta until it’s done. That’s how my italian mother does it.

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