Now we're into November I'm hoping that it's safe enough for me to start mentioning the "C" word? Feel free to burry your head in the sand but the shops are already overloaded with cards, gifts and decorations so I don't feel too guilty about my first festive blog post for this year. It will help you get in the Christmas spirit in more ways than one as today I'm sharing a dozen boozy recipes for homemade Christmas Gifts. First up my own Christmas Pudding Vodka followed by some fantastic recipes from fellow food bloggers. Be sure to enjoy a wee tipple yourself whilst you're hard at work making these gifts for your friends and relatives.
CHRISTMAS PUDDING VODKA
70cl bottle of good quality Vodka
75g Mixed Peel
300g Mixed Dried Fruit
2 Cinnamon Sticks
2 Teaspoons Ground Mixed Spice
1/2 a Nutmeg freshly ground
150g Dark Brown Sugar
Vanilla Pod - split and seeds removed
Orange - grated zest and juice
Lemon - grated zest and juice
Mix together all the fruits and spices in a Mason Jar or large bowl and pour over the Vodka.
Seal the jar or cover the bowl with clingfilm.
Place in the fridge for 3 days and shake/stir once a day.
Line a sieve with a layer of muslin (or you can use a coffee filter paper or kitchen towel) and place it over a large clean jug
Pour the dried fruit and vodka mixture into the sieve and strain.
Decant into decorative bottles, ideally with the aid of a funnel to avoid a sticky mess.
Serve at room temperature or from the freezer. Straight, on the rocks or with lemonade or tonic.
Use the fruit (with cloves/cinnamon removed) mixed through softened ice cream or as the basis for a boozy mincemeat.
Butcher Baker Baby - Snowball Truffles (Rum)
Foodie Quine - Baileys, Pistachio & Cranberry Fudge
Tin & Thyme - Chilli & Chocolate Mincemeat (Vodka)
Butcher Baker Baby - Christmas Pudding Rum Truffles
The Hedgecombers - Satsumas Poached in Red Wine
Lavender & Lovage - Spiced Brandy Soused Clementines
The Usual Saucepans - Mulled Gin
Veggie Deserts - Pumpkin Mincemeat (Brandy)
Ren Behan Food - Pomegranate and Vanilla Vodka
Supper in the Suburbs - Limoncello (Vodka)
The Crafty Larder - Earl of Orange Gin
Foodie Quine - Christmas Pudding Vodka
If you're still sober after all that you're doing very well! Vodka, Rum, Baileys, Red Wine, Brandy and Gin is quite some cocktail! If you're not quite at the stage yet of being ready for Christmas cooking I've created a wee montage below featuring all the recipes. If Pinterest is your thing that's the one to share so you can easily find all these fab recipes again when you need them.