Who doesn’t love receiving liqueurs for gifts? These two treats are quick and easy to make and are beautiful and delicious to give.
Candy Cane Vodka
- 1 750ml bottle Vodka
- 1 package candy canes (12 regular size)
Break candy canes into pieces then put in a food processor. Grind the candy canes until most are a fine dust – a few pieces smaller than a kernel of corn are OK, but not too many. Use a funnel to add the candy cane dust to the bottle of vodka. Place cap on and shake to mix it up. Set aside for 24 to 48 hours, shaking occasionally, until candy canes are completely dissolved in vodka. Pour into individual bottles to give away. This recipe makes about 4 8-oz bottles.
- If you don’t have a food processor, put the candy canes in a large, resealable bag. Use a rolling pin or meat hammer to break and grind the candy canes into dust.
- Rather than using the vodka bottle, you can use a large jar or pitcher to mix the candy canes and vodka.
- 4 14-oz cans sweetened condensed milk
- 2 to 4 cups rum
Remove paper label from cans and place them in a large stock pot. Cover with water by 2 or 3 inches. Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer for 4 hours. Check every hour or so to make sure the water still covers the cans and add more as needed. Allow the cans to cool, then open and spoon the caramel into a blender or stand mixer. Add rum to taste. Pour into individual bottles for gifting.
Tips and Tricks:
- Don’t use a pan with non-stick or porcelain lining. The cans will move around in the water and could scratch the bottom and sides of your pan.
- Mix the caramel with rum in batches if your blender or mixer isn’t large enough to handle all of it.
- Spiced rum adds a delicious twist to the flavor.
I made these last year for gifts and all were big hits. Either can be served straight up or on the rocks. I preferred the vodka mixed in hot cocoa and caramel liqueur is awesome as an ice cream topper. I don’t remember what brands of liquor I used, but both were mid-range. The vodka especially shouldn’t be the cheapest one in the store, but the most expensive would be over kill.