new years decorations There’s a great article in the December/January issue of Rachael Ray and online! – about how to infuse your own vodka , then turn your homemade concoction into a fun gift by attaching a cute cocktail recipe that features the flavor of vodka you made to the gift bottle, as pictured above . This is an especially cute idea for a Host/Hostess gift – and a great alternative to the standard bottle of wine if you really want to get creative!

Infusing the vodka is quite simple actually… According to RR: "Just place 1 liter of vodka and your infusion ingredients in a large bottle and seal shut; let rest in a cool, dark place for 2 to 5 days, depending on your desired strength." Here are the ingredients you’ll need for the following vodka flavors:

1/2 cup crushed (not ground) coffee beans; shake every 2 days during infusion.

2 whole, split vanilla beans + 1 apple, peeled and sliced.

5 dried chiles, chopped

1 orange, sliced + 1/2 cup sliced fresh ginger

Click here to visit the article and to find printable versions of all the gift tags pictured above!

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Anonymous SAYS:

what a fun idea! I love it!!

December 20, 2007 at 11:24 am

lauren SAYS:

I totally want to try this out! This will be a great hostess gift for my New Years party hostess!

December 21, 2007 at 2:38 pm

colormesticky SAYS:

You can also use a lemon peel.

December 21, 2007 at 5:23 pm

CrazyPillow SAYS:

Hey, I want to try all those vodkas!

December 26, 2007 at 4:08 pm

Lissabeth SAYS:

These Victorian gift cones I found on Etsy would be perfect for stuffing those bottles in for a hostess gift! so sheek!

December 30, 2007 at 2:24 pm

Anonymous SAYS:

Where do you find the bottles? i’ve looked everywhere – does anybody know of any sites ??!

March 25, 2008 at 5:26 am

hiphostess SAYS:

Hi Anon-
Try doing a google search for “glass bottles” – and some websites with the kind of options you’re looking for should come up. Here are a couple that look like they might work:

Bottles.US (see the Swing Top Glass Bottles) (Swingtop & Corked Bottles)

Good Luck!

March 25, 2008 at 7:18 am

Kiki SAYS:

I’ve been infusing vodka for friends for the holidays the past 3 years. My favorite bottle source is – they are reasonably priced and come with corks.

November 30, 2009 at 8:22 pm
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