Easy-to-Make 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.

Easy-to-Make Homemade Raspberry Vodka - the perfect gift (for yourself or others)!

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)
large bowl

Everything you need to make Homemade Raspberry Vodka!

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.)

The Homemade Raspberry Vodka is ready for shaking!
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.

You'll need to gently shake the Homemade Raspberry Vodka daily for a few 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.

A by-product: vodka-infused raspberries!!

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.

Ready to decant the homemade raspberry 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 my how to etch glass post). 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.

I gave my homemade raspberry vodka as gifts, so I added gold bows!!
I gave my homemade raspberry vodka as gifts, so I added gold bows!!
I gave my homemade raspberry vodka as gifts, so I added gold bows and etched the glass with the last name of the recipient!!

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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