This doesn’t really have anything to do with nature (other than the botanicals involved) but heck; these are the presents I made this year. There were three concoctions: Merry Cherry, Roasted Toasted and Christmas Orange. It was fun to come up with the recipes.
Merry Cherry: Dried cherries in a vodka base. Vanilla, pepper, lemon and clove included.
Roasted Toasted: Predominately roasted hazelnut and coconut in a brandy base (I may try sherry next time). Vanilla, oregano, pepper, clove, lemon and brown sugar. This one is my favorite.
Christmas Orange: Mandarin orange and lemon in vodka with a hint of coconut and vanilla.
If I had better patience I would have filtered them each a few more times. All three were sweetened to make them liquors.
I have to credit Erica and her blog Northwest Edible Life for the ideas and knowledge to prepare these infusions.
- The Best Holiday Cocktails (redenvelope.com)