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isadorasmama Nov 29, 2011 06:33 AM

Anyone bottling anything cool to give to family/friends this holiday season?
Also, where do you get your bottles/jars and labels?
Let's share ideas here.

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    Nocturnalbill RE: isadorasmama Nov 29, 2011 12:28 PM

    Lost my mind and made about 3 gallons of Limoncello for family and friends this year. Found several 8.5 oz square glass bottles at the Containor Store for a very reasonable.

    1. estilker RE: isadorasmama Nov 29, 2011 01:12 PM

      I made a batch of liquore de camomilla. High quality dried camomille flowers infused in grappa for a couple of months, added simple syrup and brought the ABV down to 20%. Then filtered.
      It's great straight up but it would probably work well in cocktails too.
      Like in the riffs on mojito's I made this summer with ouzo, elderflower syrup, lime, mint and cucumber. But I also found ouzo, spruce beer, lime and mint to work well too. Or simply a couple of drops in a glass of prosecco.

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        EvergreenDan RE: estilker Nov 29, 2011 02:13 PM

        Spruce Beer?

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          estilker RE: EvergreenDan Nov 30, 2011 04:29 PM

          It's a canadian thing ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spruce_beer

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            EvergreenDan RE: estilker Nov 30, 2011 05:41 PM

            Cool. Do you drink the alcoholic version or the soft drink? Have you had Clear Creek Eau de vie of Douglas Fir? Similar flavor? I sure do love eau de Doug, but it's frightfully expensive. The Shiver is one of my all-time favorite cocktails (with Campari and grapefruit).

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              LisaPA RE: estilker Dec 14, 2011 09:51 PM

              There's a brewer in Philadelphia that makes a spruce beer too. Yards Brewery's Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale. Not a huge fan, because it does taste like a Christmas tree, but it was worth trying once. Never thought of mixing it with anything.

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          LisaPA RE: isadorasmama Dec 14, 2011 09:53 PM

          I made pomegranate liqueur, green apple liqueur and cranberry liqueur. I mostly take them to holiday parties, but I'm planning to get a few swing top flask bottles from Fante's (around the corner from me, but they are also online) for a few select friends back home.

          Thinking of making coquito for New Year's, as it doesn't have to age.

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            isadorasmama RE: LisaPA Dec 15, 2011 05:43 AM

            Thanks for the tip about Fante's. I've been wondering where I could locally source swing top bottles!
            Off to google coquito...

          2. JMF RE: isadorasmama Dec 15, 2011 09:58 AM

            I've been handing out bottles of our bitters to everyone lately. But they aren't technically homemade anymore.Folks love them, and the recommendation on pg 100 in Dec. Food & Wine and on Serious Eats didn't hurt.

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