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Christmas Pudding Vodka & Other Festive Spirits

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Scout19075 Sun 31-Jul-11 12:48:36

Does anyone know how long Christmas Pudding Vodka and/or any other festive spirits recipes last? I only have one jar large enough to hold a bottle of vodka and each batch takes about two to four weeks to make. I don't fancy buying more jars as I don't think I'd use them during the year and my house is the size of a matchbox so no place to store them. However, I have about six bottles/gifts to make...if I start now will they have a decent shelf life after I give them?

ToothlesstheDragon Tue 02-Aug-11 09:38:01

more importantly.. how do you make these? sound yummy.

BoysAreLikeDogs Tue 02-Aug-11 09:54:18

ooh yes make now, then strain and bottle, they keep for years

Toothless, I'll find the linkie, hang on

Kveta Tue 02-Aug-11 09:56:48

there's one here -

I'm making blackberry vodka too, getting the alcohol tomorrow in my weekly shope, then will have to go blackberrying later in the week!

not sure where to get nice bottles from though, as I only want to do 500 ml bottles for gifts. any ideas?

BoysAreLikeDogs Tue 02-Aug-11 09:57:49

Bramshott's recipe, scroll down for it

it is utterly utterly fab

Also I can rec the citrus whiskey recipe I posted on that thread, it is EXTRAORDINARY

The cranberry gin recipe is one that, to my taste, needs making and a long rest to take the 'edge' off IYSWIM

ToothlesstheDragon Tue 02-Aug-11 10:45:52

oooh thankyou smile shall make that for dh and i's xmas eve smile

startail Tue 02-Aug-11 11:10:16

They will last forever as long as the recipe doesn't dilute the alcohol below the concentration of something like port that stores open. Sloe gin certainly lasts years.

Scout19075 Tue 02-Aug-11 14:03:34

This is the recipe I was thinking of using. I had found another as well but this one seems more full of Christmas, if you know what I mean. This recipe says six months, the other says one year, so I was all confused!

I'm going to use two 35cl bottles to make each recipe and while it's infusing I'm going to soak the labels off of the bottles and then decant the vodka back into them when it's time. I like the idea of the square bottles with festive labels and ribbon.

(I'm sad, aren't I?)

BerryLellow Tue 02-Aug-11 14:05:50

Nigella's blackberry vodka went down a storm last year - and then you get to use the fruit in a VERY sozzled version of Eton Mess smile

Kveta Tue 02-Aug-11 14:10:17

Bazza, where is that recipe? I could only find a non-nigella one. did you share the link with me already? <clueless>

I found some lovely plain flasks here - flask which I plan to get, as am starting my blackberry vod with 2 litre bottles, and I'm not giving people litre bottles of alcohol for christmas!

ChaosTrulyReigns Tue 02-Aug-11 14:12:50

That thread that Kveta linked to was life changing for me!

The Christmas pudding Vodka was amazing.

I have been dabbling, so far I have made curlywurly vodka, raspberry vodka, vanilla vodka.

On the go atm is marshmallow vodka and blueberry vodka.

I shall be trying the Eton Mess idea, thanks everso.


BerryLellow Tue 02-Aug-11 14:13:26

Hello grin are we stalking each other today?!

It's in the 'kitchen' book. Can scan it and email or phoocopy and send if you like?

BerryLellow Tue 02-Aug-11 14:13:46

grin phoocopy

mogs0 Tue 02-Aug-11 17:11:23

I bought loads of swing-top bottles a couple of years ago from They were on offer when I bought them so it might be worth hanging on for a little while if you are able to.

I made Mars bar vodka and blackberry gin last Christmas and both went down very well. My step-father thought the gin was cordial and was trying to drink it like squash!!

Scout19075 Tue 02-Aug-11 21:27:40

Mars Bar Vodka?! How do you make that?

BoysAreLikeDogs Tue 02-Aug-11 21:52:25

for mars bar vodka you need an empty 1l spirit bottle and a 70cl bottle of vodka

decant smaller bottle into the larger one, chop up the mars bars so that they fit through the neck, then (this is the funny bit) pop on the lid and stick on the lower rack of dishwasher and put through a wash to semi-dissolve the mars bars and leave for a week or so, shake when you remember

strain through coffee paper (NB not muslin, or loads of the vodka gets soaked into the fabric hmm) and bottle in the 70 cl bottle. straining takes hours and hours and hours because it's so gloopy

eat the solids left in the coffee paper with ice cream (looks a bit shitty tbh but om nom nom) grin

BerryLellow Wed 03-Aug-11 08:01:44

<drool> at mars bar vodka!

'looks a bit shitty tbh' grin grin

Kveta Wed 03-Aug-11 09:40:28

mars bar vodka sounds intriguing! but we have no dishwasher, so will be refraining from any sweetie voddies for now!

Berry, a phoocopy would be grand grin or just message me the ingredients list - I'm away to the supermarket this afternoon to stock up on the spices I need, so a list would be excellent before then!

Citrus whisky sounds yummy too, may see about making that. although DH will probably wrestle the bottle of whisky from me then demand a hot toddy, which he thinks is the ultimate pre-bed treat.

god, I wish I was drinking atm...

Scout19075 Wed 03-Aug-11 10:02:15

Non-dishwasher recipe for Mars Bar Vodka. Thanks, Boys, for the tip on the coffee filter instead of a cloth! I shall use that for the Christmas Pud Vodka as well.

Does anyone know of a good brandy flavor recipe?

BerryLellow Wed 03-Aug-11 10:16:06

How many mars bars to 70cl vodka? <confused>

Kveta Wed 03-Aug-11 10:21:26

barry - the non-dishwasher recipe calls for 4. I imagine you can experiment a bit though?! grin

BoysAreLikeDogs Wed 03-Aug-11 18:01:09

yep, 4 to 70 cl, the decanting into a bigger bottle for melting in dishwasher was confusing, sorry

BerryLellow Wed 03-Aug-11 20:01:03

I'm easily confused.... Very excited about this recipe though <slurp>

Scout19075 Wed 03-Aug-11 23:15:15

Just whipped up the Christmas Pudding Vodka -- must remember to stir/shake daily!

Scout19075 Thu 04-Aug-11 08:31:55

Just opened the Pudding Vodka to give it a stir -- it smells heavenly! (And this coming from someone who doesn't like Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies but I sure do love the smell of them.)

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