Christmas Pudding Vodka

Christmas Pudding Vodka

Christmas Pudding Vodka recipe

As you may be aware, the nights are closing in, and Christmas is almost upon us (very much stating the obvious), so you may want to give this little recipe a try. It takes a week or two, so best get prepared now if you’d like to enjoy it on Christmas day.

This makes a fantastic handmade gift if you’re still struggling to think of what to get someone. Wrap it up in some festive paper, or retro brown paper, stick a personalised note on it, and they’ll love it.  I will warn you though, you may need to make some extra, as in my experience, they usually come back asking for more…

What you will need;Santa Claus, Christmas cocktail class

  • 1 bottle of vodka (700ml)
  • 250 grams dark brown sugar
  • 100 grams mixed peel
  • 250 grams sultanas
  • 150 grams of raisins
  • grated rind of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon of almond essence
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 vanilla beans, split, seeds scraped
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • bottles to present it in
  • 1 week (or more… the more time you give, the more flavourful it will be)

For the first part of this, it is literally to put all the ingredients above into a bowl or large seal-able container, give it a good mix with a spoon, and set it aside in the fridge.  Each day or two, give it a good stir again.  After a week (or two) you’ll have fantastically infused vodka that will be very very Christmassy.

At this point, all you need to do is strain your vodka to remove all the solid ingredients. I would suggest a second fine strain to remove as much of the sediment as possible left behind by the nutmeg and mixed spice, but that is your call. (Don’t chuck the strained ingredients away)

Beyond that, you should pick up a few plain bottles, sterilise them, bottle it up, and wrap them in whatever style you like. Whoever tries your tipple will be back for more (just make sure they’re old enough to drink vodka of course).

I’ve found it’s best drunk when chilled and without a mixer, sipped and enjoyed.

It’s very simple and not very time consuming, although you will need to wait the time to let it all infuse.

Try your own infusions and ingredients, but this will be a winner. Enjoy

With the ingredients you’ve strained off, keep this for when you’re having ice cream, or a desert, as it’s the perfect accompaniment for christmas dessert.  You could go all-out, and warm them up and enjoy with ice cream and mince pies.  Love the hot and cold contrast.  Hope you do too.

Have a great festive season.

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