You don’t need to be a DIY expert to make impressive homemade liquor and spirit gifts for holidays. However, I am not the best baker or candy maker; I can still knit, sew, and needle-point. This homemade gift idea is perfect because I can follow a recipe and love cocktails during the holidays.
Even if you’re not the greatest baker or candy-maker, homemade liqueurs in pretty bottles make thoughtful gifts for hostesses or hosts. A bottle of wine is not enough!
These 11 homemade liqueurs are easy to make and delicious. Make enough to keep one bottle. Perhaps two.
Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur
I know five people who would be thrilled to receive a homemade Irish Cream Liquor. It doesn’t matter if they prefer it straight up, in a glass, or mixed into a cup with coffee as Easy as Apple Pie’s recipe has many tips and tricks. There are also loads of comments from those who have modified the recipe to change the flavor. She also offers tips on finding the most adorable bottles for gifting.
Homemade Bacon Bourbon
Good bourbon makes a great gift for the man who has it all (and gals, too). I am not the brown-spirits Fanclub, but this recipe for homemade bacon-infused Bourbon from Leite’s Culinaria made my mouth water. This recipe is easy to make with only two ingredients. Just ensure you follow the steps to strain the liquor properly.
Homemade Creamy Nutella Liqueur
Are they feeling very, very happy this year? Make them this creamy Nutella liquor from A Italian in My Kitchen, and they will be smitten. It can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. I find it funny that it makes it past one week in my home.
Homemade Infused Vodka
A huge bottle of vodka is sitting in my liquor cupboard, begging me to make it look pretty with one of the homemade vodka recipes from My Baking Addiction. This is one of the most loved, easy homemade gifts we have recommended for years. You can make candy-cane flavored vodka, citrus-rosemary or cranberry orange-flavored vodka. Or all three. It’s not difficult, and you will be rewarded with some wonderful homemade liqueur gifts to give to some lucky people.
Homemade Coffee Liqueur
My parents used to keep a Kahlua bottle in their liqueur cabinet. I remember the horrible smell. A few years later, I still love the aroma of coffee liqueur such as Tia Maria and Kahlua. This homemade, rum-based coffee liqueur recipe is a delight from Oh The Things That We’ll Make! It is so thorough that I would not waste any coffee beans making a batch.
Homemade Apple & Cinnamon Infused Bourbon
This warm, cozy, and delicious homemade apple cider and cinnamon-infused bourbon from Kitchn is your gift. However, it will take a few weeks for the recipe to be ready to drink. You can still enjoy it, but they will need to wait to determine when it is “ready”.
Homemade Jalapeno & Clementine Infused Tequila
I have to admit that I no longer drink tequila — that is something I can blame on a few late nights in my 20’s — but this homemade jalapeno & clementine-infused tequila by The Inspired Home might break my decades-long abstinence what is not to love about this beautiful jar of orange clementines and bright green jalapenos floating in a large-mouth jar full of tequila!
Your recipient will need to strain the tequila after a few weeks. They will then have all the ingredients they need to make jalapeno-clementine margaritas, which you can also find on this site.
Homemade Coquito Liqueur
Homemade Coquito is a classic Puerto Rican holiday drink infused with this recipe from Liquor.com. It has a tropical taste and is delicious. A little tropical flavor is just what I need when it’s snowing up in New England at 20 degrees. I believe my recipients will agree.
Homemade Caramel Apple Vodka
This caramel apple vodka recipe from The Shabby Creek Cottage is a great gift idea for someone confident in the kitchen.
For a new twist on the classic Moscow Mule, I would add a splash of ginger beer to a shot of caramel apple vodka. Mmmm… I’m ready.
Homemade Cranberry Ginger Gin
I love the flavors of cranberry and ginger separately, so this recipe for cranberry-ginger-infused gin at Strictly Delicious speaks to me. It’s saying, “Make me tomorrow!”
This color is perfect for holiday parties, and the warm, tart flavor profile makes it a great choice for a sophisticated base for a Christmasy Gin-and-Tonic.
A Ketel One Warm & Cozy Cocktail Kit
This one is a bit cheaty, but you can make everything that someone special needs rather than making your liquor gift. It mustn’t contain ingredients you don’t have. This Ketel One kit contains everything you need to make Warm and Cozy cocktails. Katie Crenshaw, an award-winning mixologist who has reimagined the classic Hot Toddy. You will receive the following: spiced honey, chocolate bitters and pecan syrup. Lemons. These are things that I don’t always have. Add good guests and a reason to toast.