Southern Gifts

Submitted by Christi


It’s the time of year to start thinking about transforming simple ingredients into fabulous Christmas gifts. Start making your  homemade liqueurs now and they will have a wonderfully delicious flavor by the holidays.

So, what do you need to make your own liqueurs? A few simple ingredients, some jars and some pretty bottles. You can use pretty glass water bottles, wine bottles or whatever pretty bottles you can find. Be sure to sterilize your bottles and jars with boiling water before using them.

Okay, here are a couple of recipes:

Coffee Liqueur
1 (2 ounce) jar instant espresso coffee powder
3 1/2 cups white sugar
2 cups boiling water
1 pint vodka
1 whole vanilla bean
Mix coffee and sugar. Add boiling water and stir until dissolved. Cool.
Add Vodka and pour into two 26 ounce empty bottles. Split vanilla into 4 pieces and add to bottles.
Close bottles tightly and keep in a cool dark place for one month.

Fall Spice Cordial

1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/4 cups apple juice
1 tsp real vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp dried, chopped orange peel
1 cup white brandy
1/2 cup 100 proof vodka

Bring brown sugar, white sugar and apple juice to a boil over medium-high heat. Add cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and orange peel. Boil for 4 minutes and remove from heat. Let stand until just warm. Transfer to a clean 1 qt aging vessel. Add vanilla, brandy and vodka. Cover tightly and let stand for 1-4 weeks. Filter out solids before bottling.

Almond Liqueur (like Amaretto)

1 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups vodka
2 tablespoons almond extract
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Combine water and sugars in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until the mixture is boiling, and all of the sugar is dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool for 10 minutes.
Stir vodka, almond extract and vanilla extract into the mixture. Store in a sealed bottle.


Put these homemade liqueurs in pretty bottles. Tie them with a decorative ribbon and give for a welcome gift.

met monday

So, we changed some simple ingredients into gifts for the holidays. Y’all go over and visit Susan for Met Monday and see what everyone else is up to!

Today’s Lagniappe: White Russian
This is a yummy drink that can be made with the coffee liqueur.

1 part vodka
1 part coffee liqueur
1 part cream

Place all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake until combined and cold. Serve in a chilled highball glass.

10 Responses to “Southern Gifts”

  1. Sharon Says:

    What a good idea … even for a Northerner (and I mean way north … Canada) 🙂

  2. nannykim/spindle cottage Says:

    Sounds delicious—but I always get nervous about sterilizing things and especially things that big with narrow openings (and I don’t have a dishwasher either—it makes it difficult to get things like that clean!)

  3. darnold23 Says:

    Mister Linky is up and ready for this week’s Crock Pot Wednesday. Thanks so much for participating last week. I hope to see you again this week. Thanks a bunch. I’m still working on the Arkansas Bloggers idea. Debbie.

  4. Alice Wassam Says:

    Ok… YUM!!

  5. Judy Says:

    Wonderful idea to pass on. I never think I have anything to blog about but I’ve been making my own liquours for years and my friends look forward to getting them each year. I think peppermint patty is my own personal fav. Have a great week.

  6. ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~ Says:

    Great idea. Haven’t done this for years. Thanks for the reminder.

  7. Sherri S Says:

    Call me just simply a country girl stuck in the sticks! Never heard of making this before! So it’s a cool new idea to me!

  8. Marty Says:

    I havn’t made any of these for years either. Great idea. Thanks for the recipes. Hugs, Marty

  9. Eileen Says:

    Oh, I really love the sound of the Fall Spice Cordial!
    Thanks for posting all of these!
    All the best,

  10. Artie Says:

    mmmmm … almond liquour! Yummm! Thanks for sharing, and inspiring!

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