Homemade foodie gifts are a real treat to giveaway, and fruit infused vodka, like this homemade pomegranate vodka, is the perfect vodka gift for the bartender on your list! Find more of my pomegranate recipes.
How do you shop for gifts? Are you a mall shopper? An online shopper? Do you prefer boutiques to national chains? Maybe you are a crafter, an artist or a builder? Me? I prefer homemade gifts, to give out and to receive. But not everyone has a sweet tooth or wants a box of cookies or chocolates. So, what do you do?
My husband likes to release his inner bartender when we have guests come over. And when we hosted our giant pomegranate themed dinner party, we served up pomegranate martinis with our homemade pomegranate vodka. The pomegranate vodka was such a big hit, we decided to gift bottles for the holidays.
How to make infused pomegranate vodka
This is something the hubby and I started to make last year with our influx of pomegranates. Vodka infusions are crazy easy to make. You get some fruit and soak it in vodka for several weeks. Strain out the fruit and you’re done! This is the basic technique I used for my strawberry vodka, for example.
So we soaked pomegranate arils in vodka for two weeks, then filtered out the fruit. Super easy. Fruity flavor. Seriously gorgeous color. Infused vodka does not have sugar included in it. Limoncello has sugar added to it and it makes a wonderful liqueur.
But a simple fruit infused vodka, no sugar. Just fruit and alcohol. You can also do this with plums, lemons, oranges and many other types of fruit. If you like to spice it up, add some cloves or cinnamon sticks.
Does pomegranate infused vodka need to be refrigerated?
While the pomegranate arils are sitting in the vodka during the 2 week infusing process, you do not need to refrigerate your bottle. The alcohol content in the vodka will prevent any bacteria from forming initially. If you keep the fruit in the vodka after two weeks, you DO need refrigerate your infused vodka.
Once the fruit is strained out of the vodka, you can store your pomegranate infused vodka on the counter or in your personal home bar. It does NOT need to refrigerate it. This pomegranate infused vodka can now be mixed into cocktails or pitcher drinks, or you can gift mini bottles to your dear friends and family!
Free printable label for pomegranate infused vodka
And speaking of gifts, I made these tags that I tied with colorful red and white twine on my bottles of pomegranate vodka. The labels I made were inspired by Matt Armendariz of Matt Bites. He used pre-cut Avery labels. I printed my tags onto card stock and cut them into tag shapes.
It all depends on how crafty you are feeling! But for your convenience, I have these free pomegranate infused vodka labels for you to print out and cut at home.
- 1 liter vodka
- 1 pomegranate, seeded
- Place vodka and pomegranate in a large container.
- Cover the container and let it sit for at least 10 days and up to 3 weeks in a cool dark place. No need to stir during that time.
- Store in the freezer until ready to serve.
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Serving Size:1 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 71 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1mg Carbohydrates: 2g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g