Create Your Own Flavored Cigar

Did you know you can easily create your own flavored cigars? Just take a few mild smokes (no maduro’s) and put them in a tight sealing container (no need for a humidor for this one). A tupperware bin works great.

It needs to be large enough to hold the cigars and a shot of your favorite alchohol (brandy and cognac work very well).

Put the shot glass in the container (DON’T pour it on the cigars) you just want the liqueur to evaporate.

That is it. Seal the container and put it in a dark place (the back of the closet it good). It should only take a couple weeks for the liqueur to evaporate. You are ready to smoke! Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Anthony says:

    Any way to flavor the cigar without alcohol?

  2. Dan says:

    Hi godfather,
    I’m interested in chocolate tasting cigars, I know my taste will change, but right now I’m hooked on that flavour. How exactly would you suggest going to chocolate flavour a cigar ? I’ve read ‘brushing’ above with the flavour, but since English is not my mother tongue, I’m not exactly sure what you mean by ‘brushing’. Would definitely appreciate more details.

    BTW: Very nice site, you’ve done an amazing job. I’ll go read the page on how to create a cheap humidor now!
    thanks!

    • Cigar Secrets says:

      Wow, don’t know anyone that has tried chocolate. “Brushing” in this case would be to have some sort of actual chocolate mixture and use a brush to apply it to each stick. Chocolate itself would be too thick. Mmmmm, interesting idea…let us know if you get it to work.

    • Paddy says:

      I’ve followed this thread for a while now and tried some of the suggested ‘tips’, some providing better results than others. The method that seems to yield the best results is a slightly tweaked version of the ‘shot glass in the Tupperware ‘ technique. I place several mild cigars across a small metal cooling rack that fits inside a Tupperware container. Instead of putting my liqueur of choice in the shot glass, I pour a generous amount in the bottom of the Tupperware, to a level just below the elevated cigars. The evaporation process takes less time and creates a more robust and even flavor. For a chocolate taste try Crème de Cacao liqueur, white or dark. Both provide a rich flavor, though dark seems to be more distinctly chocolate.

      • Cigar Secrets says:

        Awesome input! Love the cooling rack take. Snap a photo or two and we can make a whole article just about your method!

  3. Tom says:

    Hi Godfadr,
    I’ve never flavored my own cigars before, but am definitely interested in doing so. What cigar do you think works best for flavoring? Would a Warlock Robusto work well? I’ll be honest, I am far from an expert on cigars so any advice would be great, thanks!

    • Cigar Secrets says:

      Give it a shot! – The Warlock is a pretty strong one to start with. No big deal, will just need some more time. Try and grab something mild at your local cigar shop. Doesn’t need to be expensive either – since you are going to flavor it!

  4. S. MANCERA says:

    THANKS FOR THE RESPONSE. ONE THING COMES TO MIND, I MAKE MY OWN VANILLA, YES THE KIND USED FOR BAKING, BRANDY AND VANILLA BEANS. FILL UP WHATEVER GLASS CONTAINER, ADD VANILLA BEANS, LET IT STAND FOR SEVERAL DAYS AND YOUR GOOD TO GO. DON’T DISCARD THE BEANS. MY QUESTION IS, WOULD A SHOT GLASS FULL OF THIS CONCOCTION IN AN AIR TIGHT CONTAINER BE GOOD TO FLAVOR CIGARS?

  5. S. MANCERA says:

    ALL THIS TALK ABOUT FLAVORING CIGARS, WHICH IS A VERY GOOD READ, BUT NO QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS REGARDING WHICH CIGARS ARE BEST FOR FLAVORING.

    • Godfadr says:

      Great question. In the end that is a matter of personal opinion. BUT…You are really looking for anything MILD to start with.

      You don’t need to go too expensive on the cigar choice. A more expensive cigar is likely to have a more complex filler (which will take longer to accept the flavoring).

      You will also have better luck with a Connecticut wrapper vs. Habano

  6. Stephen says:

    Godfather, I was just trying to get a clear understanding about making a sweet tip cigar. Are you saying I need to brush on the cigar something sweet and put it in a humidor for 4 to 5 days and repeat until it is to my pleasing? What can I bruch on it if that is the case

  7. ChgoLouie says:

    Great Site and Nice Work Godfather…. This is great for newbies that are entering the world of cigar smokers. Never enjoyed smoking cigarettes! But had a good decent cigar and now I’m so intrigued with the history and variety of cigars out there..

    Thx again!
    Recommending Site To Buddies….
    Louie

  8. Rod says:

    Can you put different brands (flavored) cigars in the same humidor? If so is there a right way? If I need a different one for all the flavors I like well thats alot of humidors

    • Godfadr says:

      You can put them together but understand that they will somewhat “merge” in flavor.

      You can slow down the process by making sure they do not touch each other (as much as possible) OR, if you have a really strong one, put those in a zip lock baggie and poke a few holes in it before putting it in the humidor.

  9. Nick says:

    can i use like apple juice to make it have an apple flavor or no and where can i store it when its done cuz i dont have a humidor

    • Godfadr says:

      I don’t know of anyone that has tried apple juice. My guess is that it may be too mild. Maybe if you could get some form of concentrated apple juice? Always worth a shot.

      As for where to store, check out the “humidor” article in this blog. Some great ways to have an inexpensive one!

  10. cam says:

    can i do this with the black and mild cigars just curious thanks :)

    • Godfadr says:

      If we are talking about the same thing, “black and mild” cigars do not retain much flavor. Some people have even said that the result is “not very appealing.” – Course that makes me want to test it for myself.

  11. Papa G says:

    Glad I found this. I’m in the process right now of trying this with 5 flavors. I’ll let you know how they turn out. Great post by the way!

  12. keith says:

    Hey Godfather, GREAT post you got going on here! Just wondering if you could give a couple examples of what you tried that worked well. And also why can’t you use Maduros for this little trick? THX, next door neighbor in Henderson : )

    • Godfadr says:

      Hey Keith, thanks for the comments.

      Really, anything in the Rum category works great. Also brandy’s seem to be a good fit as well as ports.

      I have tried Maduros from time to time but they seem to be a tough. The reason being (in my opinion) is that they are already strong and some of the alcohols seem to work against the maduro tobacco. That said, sometimes you can get a single malt (Oban comes to mind) gives it a nice addition.

      Hope that helps.

  13. mike says:

    I was wondering is it safe to put alchohol such as scotch in a humidors humidifacation device.

    • Godfadr says:

      You can put just about anything in an attempt to flavor a cigar. I found some single malts worked better than others. It also takes a bit longer than some other types of alcohol, but a nice effect.

  14. Holly says:

    Great! They smell sooooooo good- a combo of Southern Comfort and Madagascan Vanilla I think is going to taste great- at least it SMELLS great. Thank you very much :) PS I dont know why I got the grumpy avatar :) Im not grumpy!

  15. Holly says:

    Hi again! I will get around to trying the beans, but first…I tried a spiced rum for 2 cigars, and Southern Comfort for my other 2 cigars. I put them in airtight containers with a little shotglass of each alcohol, respectively, 8 days ago.

    I checked on them today and they almost seem a little moist- is that supposed to happen? They certainly smell like the alcohol, but they look a little…different??

    Any advice? :)

    • Godfadr says:

      They should be fine. My guess is that the cigars were a little bit overly dry in the beginning (so they took in extra moisture). Take out the shot glasses at this point (and just have regular distilled water – or none for a couple days so they dry back out).

  16. Holly says:

    Hi, I have 2 cigars I would like to have a vanilla flavor and I have Madagascan vanilla beans- can I put those beans in w/ the cigars in an airtight container? I hate, hate, hate flavored cigars in the store- Ive flavored my own sugars and salts before and wondered if this would work w/ the beans? Thank you!

    • Godfadr says:

      Very interesting idea. I can’t say that I know anyone that has used the actual beans for this.

      My best guess: You can start by throwing them in a small humidor with the cigar. You probably won’t be able to do too many at a time and it may help to grind the beans first. That should leave them really mild (if anything).

      Next option would be to soak the beans (again, probably ground) in water, then try it.

      Let us know how it turned out!

  17. Cigar Siren says:

    Does anyone know how to sweet tip a cigar? I roll cigars in Las Vegas and would like to offer sweet tips on some of the small sizes. Any thoughts?

    • Godfadr says:

      Just to clarify, you want a flavored cigar, but you just want the tip (mouth part) to have the flavoring? If so, I only know a couple of people that done it successfully.

      From what I understand, it is a slow process. Just lightly brush the tip with the flavoring of choice. Don’t allow for any outstanding liquid (it will cause the tip to expand). Put back in the humidor for 4-5 days (then repeat the process until you get the concentration you desire).

  18. eddie says:

    i see guys placing strips of cedar in the container with the cigars and booze of choice. any feedback on why or if its good or bad to do so. i’m getting ready to soake a 1/2 dozen in some homemade wine.

    • Godfadr says:

      As long as the cigars do not directly touch the alcohol or flavoring of choice, you should be just fine. You never want a cigar to directly touch any moisture. Good luck!

  19. Godfadr says:

    @ Gerald. Not a stupid questions. Even in an “airtight” container the moisture still goes somewhere (in this case, mostly the cigars!). Plus everytime you open the Humidor, you lose moisture.

  20. Godfadr says:

    @ Romey. A cigar box inside a coolidor should work for awhile. It may be helpful to put a small glass of water inside the coolidor (not the cigar box). Consider getting a cheap humidor (you can get a small one for as low as $25-$35!)

    All the best,

    Godfather

  21. Gerald says:

    Stupid question, if you are putting the items in a tight sealing container (sounds like airtight), how does the liquor evaporate?

  22. Romey says:

    Great idea . I have about 15 cigars I’m going to do this with .
    After the two weeks are up , how should I store them ? It would take me a
    few months to smoke all 15 of them .I have a coolidor , could I store them in a cigar box inside the coolidor ?

  23. Godfadr says:

    Great Question Mike,

    You are pretty safe mixing alcohol in with the automatic mister but there are a couple things to be aware of.

    Since a mister is so efficient, you don’t need much alcohol. I would not have more than 20% in the mister. Secondly, some people believe you don’t want the alcohol in “full time” if you are trying to use the mister. They run the mister one week with alcohol in it, one week without, etc. I have tried it both ways and don’t really think it matters.

    As for the spray bottle, you have to be careful. Directly spraying cigars can create a whole lot of problems (too much moisture and the cigar expands, mold, etc). With that said, spraying the humidor walls (let it dry) and then putting in the cigars can work great (especially if you are seasoning a brand new humidor).

    As for seed, that is a personal preference. Since you are playing with flavored cigars in this case, it probably won’t matter much. After trying several different seeds, most seem about the same at the end of the day – especially when growing yourself!

    Good luck!

  24. mike says:

    Hey i am planning on growing and hand making my own cigars and flavoring them too.It says on one web site to mix it with the water in the humidor {automatic mister} but i was planing to mix my flavor in the spray bottle too when im making them too.obviously i will try different methods to find out which i like best. I love cigars and wont touch a cigarette any more but the prices are insane considering you can make them your self. Any advice you can give would be great.Or what type of seed you like best.

    Thanx have a good one

  25. Ben says:

    Awesome info, Thanks!

  26. Godfadr says:

    Great question! You could go with a coffee liqueur. I have also heard of some people using a couple straight shots of very strong coffee (as in espresso)!

  27. HOW DO I GET THE COFFEE FLAVOR!!!

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