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Christmas Pudding Vodka

Written by Natalie Barker on

With 5 weeks to go until Christmas we’re all thinking of gift ideas, and how to give something to our friends and relatives that is just a little bit different (Ok so some members of my family will buy a bulk purchase of Quality Street and everyone will get a box, but most of us make a bit more effort than that).

Our family have agreed this year to make homemade gifts for each other, during the next few weeks we’ll post a few Christmas gift ideas on our blog that anyone can make at home.

This weeks idea is... Alcohol: Not brewing from scratch but flavouring and enhancing some shop bought brands.

Flavouring alcohol is fairly easy, limited only by your imagination (& good taste). In most cases simply bung together the flavoured ingredients before pouring over your chosen tipple, seal the container and wait before straining out the soaked solids after a few days or weeks (depending upon ingredients and strength of flavour). I’ll give a few suggestions at the end but for a full recipe and guide we’ll make Christmas Pudding Vodka as an example.

Christmas Pudding Vodka

Ingredients:

  • 300g/10½oz mixed dried fruit (sultanas, currants, raisins)
  • 75g/3oz caster sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 6 cloves
  • ½ whole nutmeg, finely grated
  • 1 orange, zest only, finely grated
  • 1 unwaxed lemon, zest only, finely grated
  • 750ml/1 pint 5fl oz bottle good quality vodka
  • 300g/10½oz mixed dried fruit (sultanas, currants, raisins)
  • 75g/3oz castor sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 6 cloves
  • ½ whole nutmeg, finely grated
  • 1 orange, zest only, finely grated
  • 1 unwaxed lemon, zest only, finely grated

Preparation:

Mix the dried fruit with the sugar, cinnamon sticks, mixed spice, cloves, grated nutmeg and citrus zest in a large bowl. Pour over the vodka, and cover tightly with cling film. Place in the fridge and leave for 3 days, stirring once each day. Line a sieve with a double layer of fine muslin (or kitchen roll) and place over a large, clean jug.

Pour the dried fruit and vodka mixture into the sieve and allow to drip through into the jug, give the mix a little squeeze to get vodka out of the fruit but don’t force it through or your vodka will be cloudy
Pour into a sterilized bottle.

That’s it! Simple to do and produces a great gift. For that extra touch of presentation steam off the original label and make your own (Mine are labelled ‘Dr Bens Medicinal Cure-all). If you find some interesting bottles and save them throughout the year these can also add to the effect.

Vodka is probably the most versatile alcohol to use but Whisky and Rum are also great for flavouring. This year I’ve produced Tangerine Vodka, Vanilla, Cinnamon & Orange Spiced Rum & Morello Cherry Whiskey. I’m also considering Toffee Vodka which apparently needs no more work than breaking up some butter toffee and leaving it to dissolve in vodka (This process can be speeded up by sealing the toffee in the bottle and putting it in the dishwasher for a cycle). As a general rule any mixes involving fresh fruit should be drained & strained after no longer than 10 days. Spices can be left for much longer to bring out their flavour.

For something sweet to eat whilst drinking your vodka try making our Honey & Spice Cake

Good luck & let us know what you’ve made, keep your eye out for our next blog with some more Christmas gift ideas.

Natalie Barker

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