Today's recipes should really have gone up before Christmas, but better late than never...
In Sweden it is common to have a small drink of spirit at Christmas time, usually vodka or akvavit. This year I had a go at making my own flavoured vodka for skål.
This recipe is modified from The Hairy Biker's 12 Days of Christmas, and it tastes brilliant! The original recipe called for 75grams of caster sugar which I omitted because I thought it would make the vodka too syrupy sweet. I'm glad I did because all that fruit made the vodka sweet enough as it was. I also dropped the nutmeg from the recipe because one of our guests has a nutmeg allergy.
Christmas pudding vodka
- 300g mixed dried fruit (my mix had citrus peel, sultanas, raisins and currants)
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 teaspoons of ground mixed spice *
- 6 cloves
- Finely grated zest of 1 orange
- Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
- 750ml bottle decent quality vodka
- Mix in a large jug or other container.
- Cover tightly with a lid or clingwrap.
- Leave the mix in the fridge for 3 days, stirring once or twice daily.
- Strain the liquid into a jug through a fine seive lined with muslin. **
- Pour the liquid into a bottle and keep in the fridge or freezer till ready to serve.
*I used my friends home blended mixed spice that has no nutmeg but contains cinnamon, allspice, cloves and ginger.
**Since I didn't have muslin, I improvised, straining it through a coffee plunger which did the job.
The result was a beautifully deep amber coloured vodka that did actually taste like a Christmas pudding.
|Served in a whiskey glass since I couldn't find my shot glasses...|
Since the dried fruit soaked up a decent amount of vodka you don't get back a full bottle. The leftover vodka fruit is great for making fruit cakes or having with icecream.
I also made a batch of eggless eggnog.
- 1 pack silken tofu. The pack I used was 300grams.
- 4 cups milk. I used soy.
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla essence.
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
- 1/4 teaspoon mixed spice.
- 3/4 cup of brandy.
- 1/2 cup of dark rum.
- Put everything in a blender and blend till smooth.
- Leave the nog in the fridge to chill.
- Serve over ice with a dusting of spice over the top.
Unfortunately by the time I remembered I needed a photo, all the nog had vanished...
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. With all the pudding vodka and eggnog I know I did.