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Infused Spirits are the Perfect DIY Gift



Homemade infused spirits are the ideal gift to give during the holidays. Seriously! Because:

∙ You create them yourself, which makes them super thoughtful and personal, but…

∙ They’re shockingly easy to make, so you’ll still have time for the million other things you have to do during the holidays.

∙ The bottles you put them in are the gift wrap. Sure, you can pretty them up with a tag and a ribbon, but no cumbersome wrapping paper!

∙ If you make enough, you can bottle a bunch and have them on hand for when you need a last minute gift.

∙ In the highly unlikely scenario that you do have extras, they’ll last a while.

The process for making infusions is pretty simple. The basic method is as follows:

1) Put your alcohol and your flavoring ingredients in a sealed glass jar.

2) Let it sit in a cool, dark place for a few days, shaking occasionally, until the alcohol is infused with flavor (the time needed for this can vary depending on what you’re using—fresh fruits need only a few days while spices can take a week or two; you’ll know when it’s ready by tasting).

3) Once it’s done, strain your infused alcohol through a cheesecloth, fine mesh strainer, or coffee filter, then bottle it, and voila! Your gift is ready.

Before you start, you do want to give some thought to what your ingredient + alcohol pairings will be. Lighter spirits like vodka and silver tequila won’t overwhelm delicate ingredients and can be a blank template for stronger ones, too. Whiskey and dark rum, on the other hand, already have a lot of oomph, so they’re best for spices and bolder flavors. If you have the time, do a test infusion with a smaller amount before committing to a whole batch.

And while the possibilities for spirit + flavor combinations is just about endless, there are a few seasonal flavors that demand to be boozified. For example, gingerbread spices would be incredible with rum or peppermint candy canes with vodka.

Check out some of our recommended pairings from the archives or click on the links below for some very merry holiday infusion recipes from our favorite websites. And don’t forget that you can pick up the alcohol at Fairway Wines & Sprits stores and all the ingredients for your infusions at Fairway Market!

Candy Cane Vodka (Boulder Locavore)

Apple & Cinnamon-Infused Bourbon (The Kitchn)

Toasted Pecan Whiskey (The Speckled Palate)

Cranberry-Infused Gin (Extra Crispy)

Ginger-Cardamom-Infused Gin (Sugar and Cloth)

Orange-Infused Tequila (Cucumbers and Limes)

Orange and Vanilla-Infused Bourbon (Daily Squeeze)

Rosemary-Infused Vodka (Oh My Veggies)

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