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.


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

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

  2. I love flavoured liquiors, that sounds delicious

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

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

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

  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.

  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.

  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!!

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