Friday, 23 November 2012

Home made Christmas present number 1


This rather unpromising brown, sludgy liquid is, believe it or not, going to become 2 Christmas presents. I am making Christmas pudding vodka which I will decant into two 350ml pretty bottles and tie up with ribbon for 2 of my friends.
Here is the recipe.

300g mixed dried fruit
75g sugar
2 cinammon sticks
6 cloves
a teaspoon of grated nutmeg
2 teaspoons of mixed ground spice
zest of a lemon
zest of an orange
1x 700ml bottle of cheap vodka.

Most of this stuff i had in the cupboard, but the total price comes in at about £11 if you use the cheapest vocka, not bad for two Christmas presents.

Simply put all the ingredients in a bowl together and cover it with clingfilm and put it in the fridge for 3 days, stirring every day. After this drain it through muslin or a coffee filter paper and bottle in 2x350 ml sterilised bottles, prettier the better. Decorate the bottles with some ribbon and a nice label.

The great bi-product of this present is that I will use all of the alcohol infused fruit after I have finished to make some nice mincemeat - so not only a good present, but a useful one for me too!

I'll let you know how i get on with it.

11 comments:

  1. it looks divine and oh so festive

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    1. I'm rediscovering my Christmas spirit - buried under layers of Scrooge, John. Bah Humbug.

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    2. tee hee Dan
      ok I was a little hard on you....apologies x

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  2. I love flavoured liquiors, that sounds delicious

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  3. I'm making something similar with brandy this weekend. We love the fruit as dessert.
    Jane x

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  4. Now that does sound good. Not so certain on the giving it away part!

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  5. It looks foul but I'm sure it will taste superb. And boozy mincemeat is an added bonus.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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  6. Looks a bit like the soup I made tonight, but with more of a kick in it ha ha. I like vodka if I can bring myself to buy it.

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  7. I`ve made sloe gin a little while ago. In about two weeks I shall decant it into two small gin bottles, to give as X-mas presents to DB and my son. There is great satisfaction in having made something with your own hands.

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  8. That's sounds fab, may 'borrow' this idea. :-) Also - if you're as unorganised as me and have yet to make tour cake you could use the fruit for that. I like it!!

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  9. This sounds delicious and a great idea for a gift!

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