Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil; boil for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, and chill. Strain, if desired.
To use, cook 2 pounds peeled or unpeeled shrimp in boiling water just until pink. Drain shrimp, immediately submerge it in the seasoning liquid, and thoroughly chill. Drain shrimp, and serve with Vodka Cocktail Sauce.