Christmas Liqueur

Christmas Spirit - bottled

This liqueur is an adaptation of our Christmas Extract recipe. Whereas the extract is designed to be really concentrated in flavour for use in other recipes, this liqueur can be enjoyed as it is - Christmas in a glass! For us, it's ingredients represent Christmas, you could easily adapted it with your own favourites.

Not everyone is aware that pine needles are edible, and are in fact high in vitamin C, as well as having other benefits. When foraging please ensure you are 100% sure of what you are picking, and bear in mind that some evergreens such as yew are highly toxic. I also recommend that you provide an ingredient list with any home-made items that you give away as gifts, so the recipient can make an informed choice to whether or not it is suitable for them.

This is what we used and did....

Christmas Extract - You will need

50g Molasses
50g Dried Cranberries
Zest of half an Orange
1 Cinnamon Stick
3 pieces Mace
3 Cloves
6 Allspice Berries
Handful of Pine Needles
250mls Brandy
750mls Vodka

Christmas Extract - Bruise the pine needles

Bruise the spices and pine needles in a pestle and mortar, and add to a large jar with all the other ingredients. Pop on the lid, and give it a good shake.

Christmas Extract - bruise the spices

Christmas Spirit - put ingredients in large jar



Leave in a dark place to infuse for at least 4 weeks, giving it the odd shake. We tasted it every so often to check how it was developing, and although we didn't feel a need to adjust it, you could easily do so.

christmas spirit - add spirits

Christmas Extract - Strain through Muslin

Once you are happy with the taste of your liqueur, strain through muslin and bottle. The flavour of your liqueur will continue to mature and develop over time.

Christmas Extract - Decant into bottles

Our Liqueur smells like Christmas trees and mince pies, and tastes divine. We also think it would make the most amazing Christmas Champagne Cocktails.

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  • Reply Millie

    this sounds delish! I made some less exotic liqueurs awhile back and they were tasty and this one does sound like Christmas in a bottle! I have heard of chewing on pine needles for a bit of vitamin c and fresh breath so with all the fruits and spices, this could also be healthy right? :) Thanks for sharing at the Christmas in July party!

    July 26, 2016 at 3:17 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Millie, I’m sure it is healthy, and it really does smell and taste like Christmas :)

      July 28, 2016 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Charlotte Oates

    I just loved the idea of your Christmas extract and this is great too. I’m pretty sure a glass of this would make anyone a bit less Scroogy! I’d probably have to leave the pine out as I am completely useless and foraging, I just don’t trust myself to correctly identify anything – I’d be like “it’s evergreen, it’ll do”.
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    December 16, 2015 at 2:24 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      You have to be a bit careful with evergreens as you wouldn’t want to use Yew as its highly toxic, but it’d taste delicious without the Pine anyway :)

      December 16, 2015 at 8:07 pm
  • Reply Teresa

    Liqueur is not really my thing, but I’ll pass the recipe on to my father in law, I’m sure he’ll love it!

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    December 15, 2015 at 1:09 pm
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