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Homemade Holiday Gift: Infused Vodka Recipes

by Emily on December 4, 2013

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Infused vodka is a fun and unique hostess gift for the holidays. Vodka can be infused with a variety of flavors from citrus to candy canes!

If you’re like me, then you love shopping for Christmas gifts. It’s never seemed like a chore to me to choose the perfect give for everyone on my list. Some years, I get my shopping done extremely early, and other years (like this one, for instance) I tend to spread my shopping out over a long period of time and perhaps even wait until *gasp* last minute to find the right gift.

That being said, I don’t appreciate the multiple emails a day in my inbox that are telling me that “time is running out” and that “there is still time to choose those last minute gifts”. It’s the first week of December! By no means is this last minute, and it irks me that stores try to get me all stressed out that I don’t have my shopping done yet.

infusef vodkas-015Just to prove to you that we all still have plenty of time to choose your holiday gifts, here is an awesome homemade edible gift idea that takes several days to make, but with very little actual hands on time. Yes, infused vodkas are easy, impressive and delicious, but they do take a few days to make. But no worries, right? We all still have plenty of time!

I’ve been wanting to try to make my own flavored vodkas for a while now. I love the idea of mixing unique combinations of flavors that lead to some very impressive cocktails. I decided to go with three flavors and played around a little with various winter and
holiday classics.

infusef vodkas-027For the Citrus Rosemary Vodka, I combined clementines with a bit of grapefruit and some aromatic rosemary. It’s like a cocktail version of my Rosemary Citrus Spritzer. The Cranberry Orange Vodka has notes of cinnamon and clove for a warm, holiday feel and the Candy Cane Vodka is full of pepperminty flavor. Simply place vodka and your desired flavor infusers in a mason jar and allow to steep until the the vodka has taken on the flavor of your added ingredients. The process couldn’t be simpler!

These vodkas make perfect hostess gifts for the holidays, especially when decanted into fancy bottles or even sweet little mason jars. Tie a hand stamped gift tag around each bottle for a complete package. Don’t let your email inbox bully you into thinking you’ve run out of time. Relax, make some infused vodka and sip on a yummy holiday cocktail. You totally have time!

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

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Infused Vodka Recipes

December 4th, 2013

Prep Time: 10 minutes plus 3-4 days of infusion time

Ingredients:

Cranberry Orange Vodka
1 3 inch strip of orange zest (removed with a vegetable peeler)
1/4 cup fresh cranberries, halved
4 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 1/2 cups vodka

Citrus Rosemary Vodka
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 clementine, sliced
1 1/2 inch slice of grapefruit, rind and pith removed
1 1/2 cups vodka

Candy Cane Vodka
5 full size peppermint candy canes, crushed
1 1/2 cups vodka

Directions:

Cranberry Orange Vodka
Combine all ingredients in a quart sized mason jar and screw on lid. Allow mixture to infuse for 2-4 days, shaking 1-2 times a day. After vodka is infused, strain out all solids through a cheese cloth and decant into a fresh bottle or jar.

Citrus Rosemary Vodka
Combine all ingredients in a quart sized mason jar and screw on lid. Allow mixture to infuse for 2-4 days, shaking 1-2 times a day. After vodka is infused, strain out all solids through a cheese cloth and decant into a fresh bottle or jar.

Candy Cane Vodka
Combine all ingredients in a quart sized mason jar and screw on lid. Allow mixture to infuse for about 30 minutes. After vodka is infused, strain out all solids through a cheese cloth and decant into a fresh bottle or jar.

About Emily

Emily is the cook, baker, photographer and rambler behind the blog, Jelly Toast. Aside from taking photos of everything she eats, her days are spent being a short order cook, story teller, tea party guest and giver-of-snuggles to her two kiddos. She has not yet mastered the clean-as-you-go cooking style, but has high hopes for the future.


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Chris K December 10, 2013 at 1:50 pm

These sound delicious and so easy to make. Where did you get those lovely little bottles?
They are perfect for gift giving.

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Emily December 12, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Hi Chris! I found these little bottles at Hobby Lobby, but if you don’t have one near you, I would check out any craft store such as Michaels. Thanks so much for stopping by!
~Emily

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everybodylovespretty December 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm

What a brilliant xmas gift idea!! Thanks for sharing :)

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Amy Woods December 10, 2013 at 6:48 pm

This is a must! Getting the stuff for it this weekend….yep plenty of time. However, any cocktail recipes you could share using these infused vodkas?

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Amy Woods December 13, 2013 at 9:50 am

I’m SO doing this. I bought the bottles at Hobby Lobby yesterday. One ?, what do you mix the vodka with? Ginger Ale, Sprite? Thanks for sharing!!

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Heather December 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Absolutely LOVE this idea- DIY Gifting perfection!

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Ryan December 28, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Hi, love the ideas! However, I made candy cane vodka myself this year, and I have to offer a bit of a tweak. I find that there is no need to strain out the solids — candy canes are almost pure sugar, and therefore will dissolve fully into the vodka within a few hours or so, even quicker if you crush them finely. I think if you strain it, you’ll probably end up with a lot less candy cane flavor and smell. I used three to four candy canes per 16 oz mason jar and let them dissolve fully, and my friend who was serving as my guinea pig said it was the perfect amount of candy cane.

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Emily January 7, 2014 at 11:33 am

Hi Ryan! I’m really glad to know that because I suspected that if I waited long enough, they would dissolve completely. I had been concerned that it would be too strong a flavor, but I am going to try your method next time! Thanks so much for the tip! I hope you had a great holiday season and thanks so much for stopping by!
~Emily

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ray lewsi September 2, 2014 at 6:38 pm

what size are the little bottles? and how many of each of the little bottles does each mixture make at once? thanks

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Jamie September 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Ray-

You can check out the bottles here: https://www.beanilla.com/glass-bottles-jars – sizes vary. Thanks so much!

-Jamie

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Lyn September 27, 2014 at 4:10 pm

How far in advance can you make these? Can you pop a vanilla pod or orange peel in before you gp give them for decoration?

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Emily October 1, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Hi Lyn,
Because of the high proof of the alcohol, the infused vodkas will keep for several months. Be sure to sanitize your decorative bottles thoroughly before decanting the vodkas. As for the decorative orange peel or vanilla bean, I’ve never done that, but it should be fine.
Thanks for stopping by!
~Emily

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