I am a fan of minty deliciousness, so when I saw a post on the Home is Where the Boat Is blog on how to make candy cane vodka, I had to give it a try. Now I am not a vodka fan, per se. People like to assert that vodka has no taste, but it definitely does have a taste. If you've done any traveling out of your immediate surroundings then you have become aware that even water has a taste, so vodka certainly does as well, and not a particularly good one from my standpoint. So, in my opinion, flavored vodkas are genius.
This is a fun little project. It is also unbelievably easy, immensely practical, and a great little seasonal gift.
A clean, empty bottle, box of candy canes, and bottle of vodka is all that you need.
I used an 8-ounce spring top bottle and about a dozen miniature candy canes. You can use fewer candy canes if you want a more subtle taste. The dissolution process takes about three hours.
I watched intently for the first twenty minutes or so as the candy canes began to dissolve, creating a bit of a head at the top of the bottle in the process.
Thereafter I'd give the bottle a bit of a shake every half hour or so.
That is all you do. No straining. No nothing.
Just tie on a tag and add it to your gift basket, take it to a deserving host or hostess, or do what I did, pour some into a steaming cup of hot cocoa. Marvelous!
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