Cheers.

  
The Christmas cards have finally been crafted and mailed... The Cranberry Orange Vodka  is bottled up & loaded into "Santa's" sleigh...
                                        
               
We used a gold sharpie to label the bottles, and modified this tag (inserted the beverage and mixing instructions on the back).
 

Since I gave the vodka out to the book club gals last year I decided to give them a different beverage that I'd clipped and saved from a 'Giada article' in Self Magazine, from a couple years back... Rosé With Fresh Sage and Lemon.  It only needs to infuse for a day, which makes it a perfect last minute homemade gift, and adds a festive touch to a beverage that is typically enjoyed during the summer.


We used a 5 gal. bucket to hold the wine, lemon, and sage.  In the meantime, we cleaned the wine bottles and removed the labels.  When ready, we poured the beverage into the bottles, garnished each bottle with a couple of fresh lemon peels and sage leaves, and topped them with the original cork.
 

On a rainy Monday morning, with my tree lights shining bright, Christmas Blend brewing, kids soundly sleeping on their first official day of 'Christmas vacation, and without any of these festive drinks in my hand (probably a good thing since it's 7:00 in the morning) - I say CHEERSTo a happy & productive week.
  

20 comments:

  1. how fun! I want one!!!! hope you had a wonderful weekend!!

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  2. I am so seriously impressed with these gifts. Amazing.

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  3. great idea torrie! i think my friends would enjoy a homemade cocktail over homemade cookies. =)

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  4. Torrie! These look beautiful! What a wonderful gift! Happy Monday...don't you just love that time in the morning when the house is quiet and the coffee is brewing! xo
    Amy

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  5. Torrie, those look amazing!!!!!! I love the way you took care of the littlest details!!! amazing!!!!!
    xx

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  6. What a great gift! I love the labelling! I had every intention of making limoncello this year for Christmas gifts (well, for the non-LDS side of the family anyway) but it takes FOREVER and when I was pregnant the last thing I wanted to smell was alcohol. : )

    Jenn

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  7. I LOVE your wonderful, homemade gifts!! Such great ideas that any recipient would love. Thanks for sharing, and Cheers to you!

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  8. You had me at VODKA...If those are the gifts you give to friends, well...we need to be friends is all I'm sayin'
    Cheers!
    Tina

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  9. These look so pretty! What a great gift, Torrie. They look so gourmet! I'm completely impressed. Hope you had a great weekend!

    xo
    Valerie

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  10. Oh my gosh - what a great idea for a gift. Looks beautiful, too!!

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  11. These are beautiful. I especially love the gold marker!

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  12. That vodka is one heckuva gift!

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  13. I NEED a gold sharpie. Everything looks perfect. Such lucky friends you have!

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  14. Torrie, those are beautiful!! What a great gift! I'll email you my address! :)

    Have a very merry Christmas!!!

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  15. Torrie! I just love the cranberry vodka idea so much that I really want to make it for some last minute gifts. Do you think that 5 days would be enough?

    xo
    Last minute santa :)

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  16. Amy- Yes. We did it last year, and after about 5 days, we needed to bottle up the bottles for my book club friends (since the book club was that night!). We bottled up these bottles and left the rest to infuse until we needed to bottle them up. At that point, they were infused, and ready to go.

    So, not too late!! I've seen another recipe that doesn't require it to sit at all! (here's the video-) http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6018322n&tag=mncol;lst;1

    (and here's the recipe/article-) http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/12/24/earlyshow/living/recipes/main6017750_page2.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody

    Let me know if you do it! :)

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  17. Torrie, thanks so much! I've been thrown for a loop with a sick two year old with the stomach flu :( Poor thing. Hopefully I will get to this project and the eighty other things I have to do. But right now, focusing on the little one. I'll let you know if we try it. xo

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  18. So cute! OK, we have to talk about another cooking school in LA: http://gourmandisedesserts.com/

    You can take classes in macaron-making!

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  19. Yuuum - Looks delish, Torrie! Not to mention, its totally cute too. Great idea!

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  20. Oh yum! What a great and inspired gift idea. I could see these working for many other occasions as well. These drinks would be great for the after-Christmas lull that always seems to hit us. Even the name of the drink is enticing.

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