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Homemade Christmas Liquor – the perfect gift

Make this homemade Christmas Liquor with apples, oranges, cinnamon and more! It’s the perfect little gift for your relatives or co-workers.

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A few years ago, my boyfriend and I started the tradition of making a homemade Christmas Liquor, my relatives loved it so we simply kept making one year after year. I love that it is so easy to make and it is such a cute little gift, especially if the alcohol is filled in little bottles. We store the alcohol for about 1 month before we remove the fruits and spices and fill them in individual bottles.

So November is the perfect time to start with the Christmas Liquor. Of course you start even earlier and let the fruits soak for months, but I’ve found 1 month to be a good time. The base for this Christmas Liquor is Korn, which is a distilled beverage made from rye with an ABV of 38% but if you don’t have Korn, Vodka works too.

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In this years Homemade Christmas Liquor are orange peels (make sure it’s from an organic orange!), an apple, cinnamon sticks, cloves and xylitol (which helps extract the flavor off the fruits and into the alcohol). Instead of the xylitol you could also use granulated white sugar or coconut sugar. But I like to use xylitol, which is also called birch sugar because it’s supposed to be healthier (not that it matters in the alcohol..but…you know :)).

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I always store the jar of alcohol in the bedroom, because it’s usually darker and not so warm. Just let it sit for a month and give a quick stir once or twice in between. Below, I have a pro tip for you to prevent the orange peel to float on the surface.

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Homemade Christmas Liquor - the perfect gift

Elephantastic Vegan
Make this homemade Christmas Liquor with apples, oranges, cinnamon and more! It's the perfect little gift for your relatives or co-workers.
3.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course DIY gifts, Drinks
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 1 litre
Calories 2534 kcal


  • 4 cups / 1 litre of clear alcohol (I used Korn which is a distilled beverage made from rye with an 38 ABV (alcohol by volume) but vodka works too)*
  • peels from two organic oranges
  • 1 apple
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 cup white sugar


  • Wash and peel the oranges. Wash and cut the apple in slices and remove the stem.
  • Pour the alcohol in a large enough jar, add the orange peel, apple slices, cinnamon sticks, cloves and sugar. Give a quick stir.
  • Place a clean shot glass on top to prevent the orange peels from floating on the surface. Everything should be covered by alcohol to prevent mold.
  • Store the Christmas Liquor for about 1 month in a dark place, give it a quick mix once or twice.
  • After a month you can pour it through a strainer and fill it into individual small bottles and you have the perfect gift ready!


* Here is a list of vegan-friendly vodkas.


Calories: 2534kcalCarbohydrates: 84gSodium: 15mgPotassium: 240mgFiber: 10gSugar: 69gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 8.4mgCalcium: 116mgIron: 1.1mg
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Pro tip: Place a shot glass on top to prevent the orange peel and apple slices from floating on the surface.

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Tammy Gipson

Wednesday 29th of November 2017

Hi there - how many gifts will one batch make? What type of bottles do you use to gift it?


Thursday 30th of November 2017

I use small glass bottles that hold about 5-6 ounces (160ml) just like these. You can add a cinnamon stick to each bottle to make them look pretty. Using these glass bottles, the batch would make 6-7 bottles.


Friday 23rd of December 2016

Hello lovely Bianca! Thank you so much for being part of my "20 gifts you can make this holiday season" roundup Happy holidays! ♥ ps: your pictures are so gorgeous!


Monday 26th of December 2016

Thank you so much for including me, Francesca! :) I love, love, love your blog! So beautiful :)


Sunday 13th of November 2016

Do you add anything to the individual bottles like cinnamon sticks or fruit and hope much do you give pretty person


Monday 14th of November 2016

Yep, I added a cinnamon stick and a few cloves to each bottle. Looks much nicer that way :)


Monday 30th of November 2015

I love making homemade flavoured liquor but haven't made any for a while! Such a great idea for a Christmas present - I love the flavours you've used too, very Christmassy :D

Amy Dyes

Sunday 29th of November 2015

I am so happy I came across this on Reddit! Thank you for the recipe! I was wondering if you have tried using whiskey in any of your recipes? And if I start this week, does it have to be an exact month before serving?


Sunday 29th of November 2015

Hi Amy, thank you so much & I'm glad you like the idea! I haven't used whiskey for it yet, because whiskey has a really strong taste on its own and I always use clear alcohols so that they get a nice color from the fruits & spices. You don't have to let it sit for a month, if you start in a couple of days you can still give it away for christmas. You can see that the alcohol takes up some color after 2-3 days already and after a week you already have a slight orange, cinnamon and christmasy taste. The longer you store it, the more intense the taste will be.