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Hi party people! Happy Friday!! Fun fun fun fun fun! I am tackling a gigantic project this weekend that I am over the moon giddy about. Secrets, secrets!!!! But enough about that. Let’s talk about alcohol.
So even after my complete fail of an attempt to make some handmade gifts, I didn’t give up. I knew I really wanted to make gifts for people in my life, and when I was daydreaming what I could give to my coworkers I decided to infuse some alcohol. I wanted to make sure it was festive, so I decided to make peppermint vodka. This recipe takes 2-3 weeks to infuse, so this week would be the perfect time to whip up a batch of your own to give as Christmas gifts!
I used this recipe, but changed the measurements and process slightly to make enough to fill 12 half pint-sized mason jars. I even had enough leftover to make a jar for ourselves to try later on!
1.5 cups of water
3 cups of sugar
2 tablespoons peppermint extract
9 cups vodka
Wash and dry your jars. In a large pot combine water and sugar over medium heat, stirring continually until liquid becomes clear (approximately 5-7 minutes).
Wait until liquid cools, then add peppermint extract, stir well. Add vodka and stir well. Pour liquid into mason jars and close lids tightly. (I did this by pouring the mixture from the pot into a 2 cup measuring cup and then pouring into the jars).
Keep in a dark, cool place for 2-3 weeks, shaking jars every 3 days or so.
After I had all the jars put together, I painted the lids a flat blue that I had leftover from another project.
I also picked up some plastic animals from the craft store, and spray painted them gold, then glued them on the jar lids to add some glam.
To complete my wrapping, I used some faux greenery, and vintage library cards I ordered from this shop on Etsy, and wrote out directions for a few cocktails to make using the peppermint vodka.
It’s that simple. So if you are a coworker of mine, sorry you know what you are getting. Also, you are welcome. Ya’ll just be prepared to be voted the best coworker/friend/child/etc ever in the world. Yay! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Dallas is dealing with the icemageddon of 2013- we went grocery shopping last night and it was super barren. It was creepy. Check out the photo I posted on my Instagram…what is happening here?! (also please take note of how my husband basically looks like Justin Timberlake-who I saw in concert last night and was AMAZING!) Wherever you are and whatever you are doing this weekend…stay warm and toasty friends! Cheers to the weekend!