Several years ago, we were introduced to the delight that is ‘Christmas Pudding Vodka.’ This was to be a Christmas treat that would not only be repeated, but was one that would become a fun way to spend time with friends; gathering to make the Christmas Pudding Vodka, together.
It has been a couple of years since we last made this potent pudding of a drink and so my hubby and I decided to make some. The recipe we used is from ‘BBC Good Food’ (Header Photograph by BBC Good Food). Here it is:
- 300g/10½oz mixed dried fruit (sultanas, currants, raisins)
- 75g/3oz caster sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 tsp ground mixed spice
- 6 cloves
- ½ whole nutmeg, finely grated
- 1 orange, zest only, finely grated
- 1 unwaxed lemon, zest only, finely grated
- 750ml/1 pint 5fl oz bottle good quality vodka
- Mix the dried fruit with the sugar, cinnamon sticks, mixed spice, cloves, grated nutmeg and citrus zest in a large bowl.
- Pour over the vodka, and cover tightly with cling film.
- Place in the fridge and leave for 3 days, stirring once each day.
- Line a sieve with a double layer of fine muslin and place over a large, clean jug.
- Pour the dried fruit and vodka mixture into the sieve and allow to drip through into the jug.
- Pour into a sterilized bottle.
To sterilise a bottle, wash it well and put it on its side on a clean baking sheet in the oven, preheated to 160C/325F/Gas 3, for 10 minutes.
I am happy to announce that we have made some extremely delicious Christmas Pudding Vodka. Having cleared the three days and bottled the vodka, we now have a juicy and boozy batch of Christmas Pudding fruit in the fridge, which we will next use as the filler for home baked ‘Boozy Christmas Mince Pies’.
Do have a go at the recipe and please come back and post a comment below, to let me know what you think of your Christmas Pudding Vodka and perhaps your Boozy Christmas Mince Pies, should you make any.
Merry Christmas 🙂