Life skills: How to flavour any bargain booze

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Simple recipe time: buy cheap booze, add some fruit, rejoice.

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There is nothing as satisfying as making your own delicious flavoured booze.

It's cheap, takes minimal effort and makes you feel like a proper alcohol know-it-all.

It's also a great way to use up any nasty bargain booze or unwanted presents you have knocking around - just in time for party season.

What to do


All you need is a sterilised bottle or jar, said booze, some things to flavour it with and a drop of sugar.

Make sure you wash all fruit before using and anything bigger than a berry needs cutting into chunks.

For berries with a skin (e.g. sloes or blueberries) score the skins before plopping in the spirit to help the flavour infuse.

Leave herbs whole and on their stalk.

Good spirit bases to try are vodka, gin, brandy, whisky and tequila.

Prepare the flavourings and pop them in the sterilised bottle with the fruit and herbs. For more of a syrupy liquor - add a couple of tablespoons of caster sugar.

Shake the bottle for a minute to mix and then leave in a cool dark place for between two weeks and a month, shaking up every week. Strain and rebottle.

Try out these base spirits with suggested flavouring ideas. Well, go on...

Infused spirits ideas


Apple, Pear and Cinnamon Vodka
Coffee vodka
Blueberry and orange vodka
Ginger and lemongrass vodka
Apricot brandy
Fig brandy
Plum brandy
Sloe gin
Blackberry gin
Ginger and cinnamon with vodka and brandy mix (Christmas in a bottle)

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