What sounds better than cuddling up with a loved one by a fireplace on Christmas morning with a warm cup of coffee and Irish cream in hand, smiling eyes set on the view of the glowing Christmas tree and the delight that is taking place under its bows? In this recent frigid Seattle weather, maybe Hawaii does (Hey hubby, Alaska Airlines’ current specials include flights to CA, AZ, and HI, just sayin’… ) But nothing else comes close.
So this week while Troy was watching the Discovery channel’s Moonshiners, I set to work making some moonshine of my own. As part of my annual goal to bring as much handcrafted goodness to the Christmas season, I decided to try my hand at making some of the tempting libations I’ve seen floating around on Pinterest. I turned first to a recipe I pinned ages ago from my favorite design and lifestyle blog Design Sponge, the Simple Measure’s blogger’s version of Irish Cream. Follow the Design Sponge link if you want to whip up your own batch this Christmas!
I then set my sights on one of my best and oldest friend’s family recipe for Kahlua. I won’t be sharing it here because I value my life and was told under no uncertain circumstances not to, but I will share pictures.
I wrapped up a set of Irish cream with inexpensive peppermint schnapps as an easy and unique present for a gift exchange, and included some mugs I made with another favorite DIY from Pinterest. Cute, right? If you have gifts to do for people at work, school, or any other upcoming gift swap, I always recommend booze for its nearly universal appeal, and homemade booze gives it that extra special appeal (and, in the case of Moonshiners, the added element of delightful suspense: will this drink cause blindness, as well as a pleasant attitude and loss of inhibitions?)
This drink, though not guaranteed, should only result in goodwill to all and a great gift for you in return next year.