07 December 2012

Homemade Raspberry Vodka

We always exchange little Christmas gifts with the four other couples who live in our cul-de-sac, so this year I decided I was going to make some type of homemade booze. Why? Well, let's just say that all of our get-togethers involve several types of booze, and the most-often-requested "food" they ask me to make is jello shots. See? Booze - the perfect gift - you can't go wrong with booze in this crowd.


I decided on raspberry vodka, and after Googling and searching Pinterest for recipes, I ended up making my own version.

{enjoy the view} Homemade Raspberry Vodka

1.5 L vodka (I used Three Olives)
2 pints raspberries
white sugar (wgt equal to the wgt of the berries)
bottles
cheesecloth
large bowl


Wash raspberries, drain, and let dry slightly on a paper towel.

Weigh raspberries, then measure out an equal amount of white sugar.

Pour about half the vodka into a spouted bowl.

Carefully add raspberries & sugar to vodka bottle, then add vodka from the bowl to the bottle, leaving enough room to shake the contents. (You'll probably have some vodka left over - just hang onto it because you can add it to the raspberry vodka later.)

 
Recap bottle and roll/shake gently until sugar is dissolved. Be careful! You want the berries to stay as intact as possible.

Gently shake bottle 3-4 times a day for the first week, then once a day for at least 2-3 more weeks.


When you're ready to decant the bottle, you'll find the raspberries are really plump and a little difficult to remove from the bottle.


I draped cheesecloth over a large bowl and gently poured as much vodka as I could through the cheesecloth. Then I got another bowl and shook the bottle over it to remove the raspberries and the rest of the vodka.


Once the bottle was empty, I used a slotted spoon to remove the raspberries from the bowl (I put them in a container and popped them in the freezer to use as garnishes! After eating one, of course - wow - they pack a punch!!), then poured the vodka in that bowl through the cheesecloth on the other bowl. (This removes any seeds or pieces of berries left in the vodka.)

Then I poured the raspberry vodka into the gift bottles. I had the four bottles that I purchased at Hobby Lobby and etched with my neighbors' surnames (see etching post here). I filled them evenly with the raspberry vodka, topped them off with the leftover regular vodka that I saved from earlier, and added the corks. Since they were gifts, I added some gold bows.


Pretty cute, huh? I was pleased with the final results - and I think my neighbors will be as well. I really like how it's two gifts in one - raspberry vodka and a personalized bottle that can be reused after the vodka is gone!
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