Homemade/DIY Gift Ideas: 26 Liqueurs and Infusions

26 Homemade DIY Gifts Liqueurs and Infusions - BoulderLocavore.com

As the gift-giving pressure mounts I have another list of Homemade DIY gift ideas:  Liqueurs and Infusions.  I love this category, as regular readers will know.  I find nothing more gratifying than experimenting with infusing seasonal flavors into favorite spirits to create aromatic, cost-effective libations.  Many of the liqueurs I’m including today are perfect for baking as well.

My proclivities toward making homemade liqueurs are a vestige of my youth, having experienced my mother who was a school teacher making her own gifts of Coffee Liqueur and Crème de Menthe.  I’ve reproduced those recipes on my blog, having not dabbled in homemade spirits since college.  It whet my appetite for making more, finding true satisfaction from making a quality product myself.

Brandied Cranberries | BoulderLocavore.com

I’ve looped back to those days of handmade gifts which for me were originally mainly out of a need for cost savings (as well as always loving to create things).  Living in an almost disposable culture where anything can be found for reasonable prices, creating thoughtful gifts from scratch has become a dying art form.  Easily paired with fun cocktail glasses, a collection of cocktails featuring the infusion or liqueur, the gift options from this list is endless!  I selected in-season options rather than ideas which would require frozen thawed fruit thus compromising the quality of the end infusion.  Please visit the Infusion and Liqueur section of Boulder Locavore for options for every season.

You’ll note the majority of infusions listed are made with Vodka.  Vodka is the perfect spirit with which to infuse as it presents the most neutral in flavor therefore allowing the infusing flavors to shine.

Homemade Apple Infused Vodka | BoulderLocavore.com

Liquor Infusions

Apple Infused Vodka 

Goji Berry Infused Vodka

Ginger Infused Vodka

Lemon Infused Vodka

Spiced Pear Infused Vodka

Candy Cane Infused Vodka

Key Lime Infused Vodka

Tangelo Cardamom Infused Gin

Grapefruit Lemongrass Lime Infused Vodka

Fig,  Vanilla Bean Cardamom Infused Vodka  {Tasty Yummies}

Buddha’s Hand Citron Infused Vodka {Kitchen Konfidence}

Bacon and Habanero Infused Vodka (great for Bloody Mary’s!) {Kitchen Konfidence}

Grapefruit Tarragon Infused Vodka {Kitchen Konfidence}

Pear Infused Brandy

Rosemary Infused Gin

Homemade Coffee Liqueur | BoulderLocavore.com


Homemade Crème de Menthe

Coffee Liqueur 

Cranberry Liqueur {The Yummy Life} 

Amaretto {Bell’alimento} 

Hazelnut Liqueur – sugar free {All Day I Dream About Food}

Vanilla Caramel Liqueur {Sabrina Sue}

Yuletide Spiced Brandy Liqueur {Foodie With Family}

Pear Liqueur {Eat Boutique}

Honey and Saffron Liqueur {Eat Boutique}

Homemade Maraschino Cherries | BoulderLocavore.com


Homemade Maraschino Cherries

Brandied Cranberries


    • says

      You have such a creative palate Brandon; I’ve admired your infusion since the days of Food Buzz (which feels equivalent of ‘since dinosaurs roaming the earth’ in blogging parlance!). I was just thinking I have not infused something for awhile myself and need to get back at it!

  1. Catherine says

    Was looking for a good pineapple-infused rum recipe and yours was so good I had to explore more of your recipes. I’m definitely trying some of these as local produce comes in. I love the red-corked bottles you use – could you tell me where I might find them?

    • says

      Oh I’m so glad you liked it Catherine! If you like fall flavors one of the most popular infusions I’ve done is Spiced Pear Vodka; great for gifts and very versatile for cocktails. The bottles you mentioned are from World Market. They seem to have them annually, they are a great size (not too big). Here is a link to them on their website. I’ve used the smaller version on the posts where you’ve seen them. Hope that helps! Happy infusing!


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