This year for Christmas I wanted to create a few homemade gifts for a few special friends. I don’t like to brag but I have quite a few crafty tricks up my sleeve. Weaving pot holders and knitting up latch hook pillows may or may not be in my craft repertoire.
I opened up my virtual arts & crafts recipe box and flipped through my options. Paint by number? no. Paint your own pottery? absolutely not. Personalized note cards? Not quite. Homemade infused vodka? That’s more like it.
I dialed back to 2009 when I watched Dave first infuse his own vodka, for Christmas gifts, not coincidentally. He used vanilla beans and coffee beans. So I thought about who I wanted to infuse vodkas for and then started dreaming up appropriately matched infusion ingredients. So many options and combination possibilities: melon, peach, pineapple, mango, cocoa nibs, chili peppers… garlic…
I settled on ginger, cucumber, cantaloupe, watermelon and mint.
For Katie, Brian and Maggie, I created a specific combination for each and an extra one, special for Brian who loves ginger just as much as I do. I bought my ingredients, I chopped them up and threw them in giant bottles of vodka (after pre-measuring the amount of vodka to fit specifically in cool bottles I bought from the Container Store).
I let the bottles sit and infuse for about a week, drained the goodies (coffee filters work well) and transferred the vodka to my bottles, labeled and bowed.
Hopefully Maggie isn’t reading this blog post yet because I still haven’t had a chance to give her her watermelon-mint infused vodka. Katie (cucumber-canteloupe) and Brian (cucumber-mint and ginger) both seemed to think they were great gifts so I’ve got at least two out of three happy (but non-paying) customers.
Now you all have a fun, easy and unique gift idea. You don’t even have to be crafty, I promise.