Christmas Pudding Vodka - one of a dozen boozy homemade Christmas gifts

Tuesday 10 November 2015
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.


70cl bottle of good quality Vodka

75g Currants

75g Raisins
75g Sultanas
75g Mixed Peel
300g Mixed Dried Fruit
2 Cinnamon Sticks
2 Teaspoons Ground Mixed Spice
6 Cloves
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)
Tin & Thyme - Chilli & Chocolate Mincemeat (Vodka)
Butcher Baker Baby - Christmas Pudding Rum Truffles

The Hedgecombers - Satsumas Poached in Red Wine
The Usual Saucepans - Mulled Gin
Veggie Deserts - Pumpkin Mincemeat (Brandy)

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.

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  1. WOW, there are some awesome gift ideas here. I just HAVE to try that Christmas Pudding Vodka; I bet it's gorgeous with some orange juice!

    1. I must admit that I've never tried it with mixers. it goes down way too easy as a shot or over ice.

  2. Omg - christmas pudding vodka is genius! Need some of this in my life :-) fantastic round up too Claire. Thanks for thr mention xx

    1. Its one of those gifts that you make for others just so you can keep some for yourself!

  3. Wowsers, {HIC!} that is the {HIC!} bestest {HIC!} round up EVER! :D
    Janie x

  4. This sounds delicious! I might make it if I have any fruit left after making my Christmas cakes

    1. Worth buying extra fruit to make it, I promise!

  5. Wow - some great ideas in there! Love the idea of Christmas Pudding Vodka and chocolate and chilli mincemeat.

    1. The Chocolate & Chilli Mincemeat has got me very intrigued.

  6. Love the sound of an Xmas pudding tipple. How lovely would that be to sip along with the pud itself. So many other lovely ideas here too. Thanks for including one of mine.

    1. The perfect after dinner drink for the festive season!

  7. Ooh, bookmarking for later alcohol consumption!

  8. Wow I bet this packs a punch :-) thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

    1. Indeed it does! Perfect as a shot or over ice.

  9. Oh My!!! This sounds soooo good!! I would love to find a bottle of this under the tree :-) thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare I hope you can join in again this week, I will be hosting x

    1. Last year I made mini bottles for my friends. Booze always goes down well!

  10. WOW! This sounds absolutely amazing. Have pinned your recipe and your lovely round up image to Pinterest - what's better than festive booze?! Sharing festive booze! Thanks for linking up :)


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