Christmas Booze – Week Two
So week two eh? That came around a bit quickly didn’t it?
Just like Christmas will – be warned! I have already seen two houses decorated with Christmas lights and Christmas trees, admittedly these homeowners are clearly insane, but if you want some tasty, tasty booze ready to give as presents or drink yourself
crying while listening to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” then you’d better get on with it.
Head over to week one to get started.
I’ve been shaking the jars everyday, and having a good sniff. Let’s have a look
The Christmas Pudding Rum is coming along nicely, but as the flavouring comes from natural ingredients, this one will take the longest to mature.
The Werther’s Original Vodka just smells and tastes of vodka (which is fine itself) but I want this to be really tasty, so I’m going to add some more Werther’s. A whole large bag would be good (I’ve only got three quarters of a bag left, thanks to the Werther’s pixies who sneak in once night falls and snaffle them, leaving their golden wrappers in Oliver’s bed. DAMN THEM)
The Parma Violet Vodka is looking…well, a bit grim actually, and smells of nothing but vodka.
The bottle lid has lost it’s thread, so I’m going to transfer this mixture to a fresh bottle (sterilised) and add some more parma violets.
The Rhubarb and Custard Vodka looks, smells and tastes fantastic, and is ready for bottling.
All the rest of the drinks are heading back into the cupboard for another week of daily agitation (an almost perfect description of my working life there)
You’ll need some coffee filters, a funnel, a large jug and some bottles (duh). I got mine from Jamtastic and they were delivered quickly with no problems at all.
Place a coffee filter into the head (is that the right word?) of the funnel and pour vodka into filter, allow to drain through slowly.
Now, this particular flavoured vodka only required one filtering (I think – but as this one is an experimental batch we’ll check that there’s no sediment in the finished bottle next week) but be prepared to repeat this process if your vodka still looks cloudy or any way unpleasant.
I’m looking at you Parma Violet Vodka.
I poured my finished drink of certain drunkenness into a fresh, sterilised bottle and labelled it up.
I haven’t drunk half of it by the way, that’s the amount extracted; remember that I needed to pour a little vodka out when flavouring in order to put the sweets in – This can be solved by flavouring in kilner jars.
So, cheers! and here’s to next week.
Posted on 11/02/2011, in Cooking, Drinks, Party Ideas and tagged Bottles, Bottling, christmas preparations, christmas pudding rum, flavoured vodka, parma violet vodka, rhubarb and custard vodka, werthers original vodka. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.