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DIY Holiday Liqueurs…DIYlicious!

There is just about enough time before the big holiday stretch to make some of these holiday liqueurs. Every year my dad, Francisco, makes these and they always end up being such a hit. They are of course a delicious sipping treat, before or after dinner, but they also make a tasty addition to ice cream and holiday cakes…a tiramisu with out the rum is like a day without sunshine.

Here are my dad’s top two liqueurs…these make awesome holiday gifts. Make a batch, split ‘em up and spread the love. As Rach says, its always 5 o’clock somewhere!

Cranberry Liqueur (this recipe makes 6 cups)

2 cups of crushed frozen cranberries

1 ¾ cups sugar

2 cups Vodka

4 or 5 slivers of orange or lemon rind

Combine the ingredients and mix them well. Store in a tightly covered glass jar in a cool place for at least 20 days, Strain, bottle and enjoy.

Ginger Liqueur (this recipe makes 2 ¼ cups)

1 teaspoon fresh ginger

1 ½ cups Vodka

¾ cup sugar syrup (sugar syrup is made by combining ½ cup sugar and ¼ cup boiling water, dissolve and cool)

Combine the ingredients and mix them well. Store in a tightly covered glass jar in a cool place for 1 week, Strain, bottle and enjoy.

Here are some tips if you are going to cook up some of these recipes:

– Always use glass jars with tight-fitting lids. If the jar that you have happens to have a metal lid make sure that you put a piece of plastic wrap between the jar and the lid

– Since you will be using a lot of Vodka, there is no need to buy the super expensive kinds, instead buy the least expensive 80 proof or higher, charcoal filtered brand available.

Let me know how your adventures in DIY liqueur go. Cheers, or Salud! as we say in Spanish, and Happy Holidays!

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