Monthly Archives: November 2017

Homemade booze from the larder

Homemade booze from the larder

Another post about homemade booze – I feel like a lush!

These two are made from store cupboard staples, and are both nice and wintry.

The first is inspired from watching the new Paddington movie (which me and my daughter both loved), and it is, of course, marmalade gin.

Recipe is a Good Housekeeping one, and can be found here.

I made it tonight, (late November), so it should be nice and ready by Christmas, when I will post a photo of it decanted into nice bottles. Right now it looks like this…

I imagine it will make good cocktails.

The second one is very Christmassy. It’s mulled gin, and is a recipe from Morrisons supermarket. It can be found here. It’s basically gin, orange peel, cranberries, cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves and sugar.

I made more than the stated recipe, and just added a bit more sugar and cinnamon sticks, but left the rest of the ingredients the same. After hearing to melt the sugar, this is poured m straight into the bottles, and looks really pretty. It shouldn’t need straining. It would look nice in small bottles as Christmas gifts.

It also has to be left for at least two weeks, so make it by the first week in December if you want it to be ready in time for Christmas.


This is what they looked like decanted.

Very similar in colour – the marmalade gin was slightly lighter. And the both taste absolutely amazing. I particularly liked the marmalade one, and my sister loved the mulled one – she mixed it with Fever Tree aromatic tonic to spice it up even more.

When I make the mulled one again, I might prick the cranberries to help them impart more of their flavour.

Both a huge hit!

Homemade Christmas Chocolate Booze

Homemade Christmas Chocolate Booze

As Christmas is coming, my thoughts are turning to nice warming drinks, and cocktails.

I love a good cocktail, and I particularly like Baileys style drinks at Christmas!

I thought I’d have a go at making my own, and then I thought it would be good to share how I got on and where I got the recipes.

The flip top Bottles are from Wilkos homebrew range. Much cheaper than the Kilner ones.

The first is Nutella liqueur. The recipe I used for inspiration is here. I made a larger batch, used single cream, and added a teaspoon of almond extract to up the nutty flavour (I’m a huge amaretto fan). I didn’t write down my measurements (I converted it into UK measures), but looking at the recipe again, I may have miscalculated and put in an equal amount of cream, Nutella and vodka. I think I did 400g nutella, 400ml cream and 400ml vodka.

I had a shot over ice, and it’s completely awesome.

It needs a good shake before you use it, and I’ve been keeping it in the fridge – it needs to warm a little before shaking it as it solidifies a bit with the high fat content!

The next one is most exciting – caramelised white chocolate liqueur. It’s to die for (if you have a sweet tooth). The recipe is here, but I didn’t have any condensed milk, so I replaced it with extra cream. I also doubled the quantities.

The making of the caramelised chocolate was the best bit. So exciting. The recipe for how to do it is here. I used 300g of Green and Blacks white chocolate, and I got about 200g of caramelised chocolate. I guess some is lost through evaporation, and some through my thorough taste testing!

I thought I would share some photos of the process.

It looks like toffee, but it has chocolatey undertones. Amazing. Delicious. Could eat it off a spoon.

Anyhow, you mix it with warm cream and vodka, and the result is like a lovely boozy pudding. If you like your drinks sweet, you should add the condensed milk, as I’ve tasted mine and it’s not particularly sweet (certainly not when compared to the Nutella one).

And now I have to think about what to do with the leftover chocolate…


Naturally we drank these at Christmas. They are both quite strong, so if you don’t like strong drinks, you might want to reduce the amount of vodka.

We drank them over ice like baileys, and discovered that if you mix them together they make an amazing drink that is better than either of them separately!