Many people enjoy receiving a bottle of a nice liqueur as a holiday gift. When it's handmade, it makes it both delicious and personal. Here's a bunch of our favorite DIY liqueurs perfect for gifting.
Limoncello The classic lemon liqueur of southern Italy is a ray of sunshine during the dark winter months. It's easy to make, too.
Crema di Limoncello Or try this twist on the classic Italian lemon liqueur, with cream and vanilla. The cream mellows the sweetness and gives it a richer mouthfeel.
Arancello Citrus liqueurs are not limited to lemon. Try it with oranges, be they standard navels or sanguine blood oranges.
Orange Liqueur Triple sec, Gran Marnier, Cointreau ... try your hand at making orange liqueur at home, and give your margaritas a DIY zing.
Vin d'Orange Vin d'Orange, a bitter liquor made with Seville oranges, is easy to prepare, requiring the mixing of a few ingredients and allowing it to sit for two weeks to allow the spices and orange zest to infuse the wine and vodka.
Whatevercello Think outside the lemon box and make liqueurs from whatever citrus you like -- bergamots, grapefruits, pomelos, and kumquats all work great.
Grapefruit Bitters Mix the natural bitterness of grapefruit with spices like pink peppercorn, cardamom or juniper to make an intriguing bitters that enhances many cocktails.
Other Winter Fruits:
Pear Liqueur The sweet, delicate flavor of pears pairs nicely with brandy, aquavit, and eau de vie.
Apple Liqueur Abundant apples flavor and infuse booze spectacularly well, especially enhanced with a touch of cinnamon and caramel syrup.
Pomegranate Liqueur The sweet-tart arils from pomegranates make for a tangy liqueur, delicious in cocktails or drizzled in a glass of sparkling wine for a wintery kir royale.
Cranberry Infusions The tart holiday berry makes for a vibrant infused booze or sweetened liqueur. It's cranberry sauce in a glass!
Irish Cream Liqueur Enjoy a little DIY Bailey's. It's very easy to make, can be whipped up with easy-to-come-by ingredients, and contains none of the artificial ingredients in commercial Irish creams.
Milk Liqueur A traditional Azorean liqueur, made to be served around the holidays. Lemon causes milk solids to coagulate, leaving a sweet, yellow liqueur known as o xixi do menino Jesus, or baby Jesus pee.
Candy Cane Vodka Blitz some candy canes in a food processor, mix with vodka, and voilà: A sweet, minty-fresh liqueur that's great on its own or in hot cocoa.
Christmas Liqueur Seasonal flavors of nuts, spices and dried fruit make this DIY liqueur the quintessential taste of the holidays.
Spiced Rum Captain Morgan's got nothing on the homemade stuff. Just combine rum and warming spices, and enjoy a festive tipple.
Pimento Dram Dark, rich and spicy, this allspice liqueur is a common ingredient in tiki cocktails, but can be enjoyed as a digestif, too.
Coffee Liqueur Enjoy the occasional snifter of Kahlua or Tia Maria? You can make it at home for a fraction the cost.
Creme de Menthe Homemade Creme de Menthe: Nostalgia overload, but even better than the original memory. An easy, quick gift.
Tea Liqueur Liqueurs can take days or even months to make, but a simple tea liqueur can be done in just a few hours. Try it with chai, genmai cha, Earl Grey, jasmine green or whatever tea is to your taste.
Almond Liqueur Or if amaretto is more your thing, try this. Raw almonds, vanilla bean, booze and a little sugar... it is everything you think it should be and more. So simple, yet so amazing.
Chestnut Brandy Chestnut brandy is a fantastic present to give someone during these chilly months. You can get away with using a cheaper brandy here so don't start reaching for that special bottle of Armagnac.
Pumpkin Liqueur The process of making this pumpkin liqueur takes a bit of time, but don't all things that are worth it take a bit of time? The reason why this recipe takes a bit of time to make is because you're making the actual base of the liqueur – condensed milk.