Handmade Holiday Challenge: Infused Liquors!

infused liquors I’ve never been too keen on flavored liquors with the exception of my college Smirnoff Lemon Vodka phase. I feel a little barfy just thinking about it. But that’s because most of those liquors are artificially flavored. I mean Cinnabon-flavored vodka? That can’t be real.

Infusing your own liquor is so much tastier than the manufactured stuff and makes mixed drinks extra special. And infused liquors make a great hostess holiday gift. Good thing my friends like to party because everyone is getting infused liquor this year!

infused liquors closeup Here’s the stupid-easy how-to:
Grab a canning jar. Cut up some fruit, add spices (if you desire) and fill the jar with liquor. I recommend using organic fruit so there’s no yucky stuff infusing the liquor. Then, shake once a day, everyday. The liquor will be infused in about a week!

I’ve tried strawberries and vodka before with great results. The vodka tasted just like real strawberries! This time I’m also trying an apple-infused bourbon and a green apple-infused moonshine. (The moonshine is legal, guys. It’s Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon, if you are curious.) For the apple-infused liquors, in addition to the fruit, I also added a cinnamon stick and three cloves. I’m thinking with a little bit of simple syrup it will taste like apple pie!

I’m so excited about these holiday gifts, I might have to keep one for myself!





11 thoughts on “Handmade Holiday Challenge: Infused Liquors!

  1. habitsofthought

    Just saying…if you want to send me some of these I’m very willing to be your guinea pig! Also, not to be super creepy, I wish we were friends in real life :-). You’re the creative and self-sustaining person I wish I could be.

    1. lovelibrarianmelanie Post author

      Aww, René, you are super sweet. (Did I ever tell you my middle name is Renee?) Thanks so much, I need to hear that some days. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies! I wish we were friends in real life too! I need your running motivation!

  2. Mallorie

    Love this as a gift idea!! If you haven’t already you NEED to try jalepeno tequila. If you like jalepenos & tequila it will rock your world. Mmmm thinking I need to go home and make some tonight! Spicy margaritas here I come!

    1. lovelibrarianmelanie Post author

      OMG that sounds heavenly! Most of my friends are into sweeter drinks, but I’m definitely a spicy girl. Might have to make myself a little holiday gift!

      1. Mallorie

        hehe right!? I want to try a jalepeno vodka too for bloody marys! Or.. maybe a black pepper vodka?! Oh dear.. too many possibilities!

  3. Mallorie

    Oh! By the way, my pinterest buddies are loving your homemade vanilla post!! Spreadin’ the love, baby! 😉

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  5. Paige

    This does not work and makes the strawberries have a meaty-fleshy feel to them and none of the fruit gives any flavor to any of the alcohol. I have tried this over 2 dozen times, it never works.

    1. lovelibrarianmelanie Post author

      Paige, I’m sorry this didn’t work for you. This has worked for me and I have replicated the process several times with different types of alcohol. I don’t usually eat the fruit, but it has always infused the alcohol for me. There’s a more in-depth article over on E-How that might help you: http://www.ehow.com/how_2129226_infuse-liquor.html

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