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Homemade Holiday Gift: Infused Vodka Recipes

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!

Infused Vodka Recipes

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

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

Citrus Rosemary Vodka

 

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

Candy Cane Vodka

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

Thursday 13th of December 2018

I just made the cranberry orange and citrus rosemary! I tripled both recipes and can't wait to see how they turn out in 2-4 days! Thank you so much for this perfect Christmas Gift DIY!

Jamie

Friday 21st of December 2018

So happy to hear you enjoyed the vodka, Erica! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie

Jill

Wednesday 11th of July 2018

does these need to be refrigerated after you strain them?

Jamie

Wednesday 8th of August 2018

Thanks so much for stopping by, Jill! They do not need to be refrigerated. Happy Baking! -Jamie

Kathen

Wednesday 18th of October 2017

Is it okay to double or triple these recipes? I have about 10 friends I would like to make these for and some leftover wine and growler bottles. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

Jamie

Tuesday 24th of October 2017

Kathen- That should work just fine! Enjoy! -Jamie

SarahJane

Sunday 21st of August 2016

Can you use dried or frozen cranberries if you can't get fresh???

Jamie

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016

Hi, SarahJane! I wouldn't use dried, but I think frozen might work well. Let me know how it goes!

Lesia Whipps

Friday 4th of March 2016

How long can you store the infused vodkas?  Do they need to be kept refrigerated?  What about after opening ?

Jamie

Monday 7th of March 2016

Hi, Lesia! The vodkas will keep for quite some time, and you don't need to refrigerate. I hope you enjoy them! Let me know if you have any other questions!

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