Guest Author - Michelle Matile
Giving homemade gifts is a great way to show your appreciation to a loved one. Two weeks will be needed to infuse the vodka. That is just enough time to make it for the holidays. Infused vodka is surprisingly easy to make. The first step is to purchase your favorite vodka or any good quality vodka. You will also need cocoa nibs for the chocolate infusion and a pretty bottle for packaging. You may want to play around with additional flavors. Coffee beans and chocolate are a great combination. Adding crushed candy canes would add a holiday spin. This is a gift wonderful on its own. However, there are other items you may add to it. Some extras include martini glasses, a shaker, mixed drink recipe book or chocolate truffles to keep with a chocolate theme. This recipe makes 2 cups. Adjust the recipe according to the amount you would like to make.
Chocolate Infused Vodka
2 cups Good quality vodka
2-3 tablespoons Cocoa nibs
Large jar to store the vodka
A pretty bottle for packaging
Optional: a label and/or ribbon for packaging
1. Add the vodka and cocoa nibs to a large glass jar or bottle.
2. Store the bottle in a cool dry place for 2 weeks.
3. Shake it once per day.
4. After the 2 weeks strain the vodka twice. First strain it through a mesh sieve. The second time process it through a coffee filter.
5. Pour the vodka into a bottle and tie with a ribbon.
There are so many options for do it yourself holiday gifts. Below are some other ideas for gift giving.
Homemade extracts are as easy to make as this infused vodka. Extracts are made with vodka along with a few simple ingredients.
Keeping with an alcohol theme chocolate Irish cream also makes a delicious gift.
Chocolate Irish Cream
Bake bread in a holiday ceramic loaf pan. Not only will your recipient enjoy the baked bread but they will also appreciate the festive pan. Wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a bow. This banana bread recipe makes a sweet gift.
Homemade Chocolate Filled Banana Bread
Enjoy and sweeten the soul with chocolate!