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I always feel slightly guilty when I give my friends a bottle of booze as a gift. It screams lazy – I didn’t have enough time to think about something thoughtful to buy you so I headed to the Vintages section of the LCBO and here’s your bottle of wine! (And here’s the bag I managed to scrounge up to put it in!)
Well, no more, my friends! That bottle of booze just became a thoughtful, heart-warming gift. Why? Because it’s homemade! Nothing screams considerate like a gift you made with your own two hands. Now, I’m not suggesting you start making moonshine in your garage. I am suggesting infused alcohol. Brilliance!
Infusing alcohol basically means you’re giving everyday ho-hum alcohol some great flavour by mixing it with other ingredients and letting them hang out for a while in a bottle.
In keeping with the flavours of the season and my (I mean my friends’) love of whiskey, I have decided to try my hand at apple-cinnamon-infused whiskey.
WHAT YOU NEED
Whiskey (I used Canadian Club, $13.95 for 375 mL at the LCBO)
1 or 2 cinnamon sticks
1 Granny Smith apple
An air-tight bottle or other container (mason jars work well)
HOW TO DO IT
Slice the apples thin enough to fit into the bottle.
Add apples and cinnamon sticks to bottle.
Pour in whiskey.
Store in cool, dark place. Now we wait. 14 days should do the trick, but check on it every now and again.
Now what to do with your Apple-Cinnamon-Infused Whiskey? Well, if you’re not giving it as a gift, drink it, of course!
How about an Apple-Cinnamon Hot Toddy?
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
1 oz of your Apple-Cinnamon-Infused Whiskey
1 teaspoon honey
Hot apple cider
A cinnamon stick, for garnish
HOW TO DO IT
Coat the bottom of a glass with honey (if you have an Irish coffee glass, all the more authentic)
Add the apple-cinnamon-infused whiskey
Fill with hot apple cider
Stir & garnish with a cinnamon stick