Homemade liqueurs and infusions are fun and easy to make, and are always a welcome gift. Here's a handful of our favorites, just in time to get a few batches started for holiday gift giving.
There's just enough time to get a nice limoncello started; they'll need to let it age in the bottle a little past Christmas, so think of it as the gift that keeps on giving. Think outside the box of lemons! Try it with other citrus, like my favorite, grapefruit for a pompelmocello
. (Image via Cooking Channel)
Break out the whiskey, add a little coffee, chocolate and cream, and voilà: A homemade Irish cream liqueur without all the artificial flavorings and additives. (Image via My Own Labels)
For a concoction that makes your cocktails go from humdrum to hello sailor, try these recipes for homemade bitters. (Image via Petite Kitchenesse)
For the baker on your list, make extracts of vanilla, citrus, almonds, mint and more. (Image via akshayapaatram)
Pop any seasonal fruit or other flavorful ingredient into the booze of your choice for a quick and easy way to capture its essence. (Image via Tammy Kimbler)
Simply steep spices in your favorite rum to transform it into an aromatic liquor that will bring a tropical breeze to your cocktails. (Image via Larder Love)
Kahlua, Tia Maria ... and you! Steep coffee beans into booze and sweeten for a sipper that gives a kick of caffeine. (Image via Cookistry)
For something a little different, try this milk liqueur. Lemon causes the milk solids to curdle, which when strained out leave a sweet liqueur with an amazingly rich mouthfeel. (Image via The Kitchn)
A classic French aperitif, vin d'orange mixees wine and vodka or brandy with bitter orange peel and spices for a complex and intriguing liqueur. (Image via Arctic Garden Studio)
Infuse all the warm, spicy flavors of the season into a liqueur that will keep you cozy by the fire on Christmas Eve and beyond. (Image via Larder Love)
Candy Cane Vodka
For something a little fresher, infuse crushed candy canes into vodka for a quick liqueur with a bright, minty sweetness. Try it in hot chocolate! (Image via shutterbean)
Yes, you can even make your own vermouth. Courtesy of my friend Michael Cecconi of Two Sisters Bar and Books, this recipe for homemade balsamic-cherry vermouth will make its way into your manhattans, negronis and much more.