Keep this delicious drink in the freezer for a refreshing – and surprising – Christmas treat. Make bottles for gifts too, but don’t forget to warn people that the contents are almost pure vodka. You don’t want auntie falling face first into the turkey! Use a reasonably good vodka, not the discount stuff.
MAKES 1 x 500ML BOTTLE
300g mixed dried fruit
75g caster sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tsp ground mixed spice
½ whole nutmeg, finely grated
finely grated zest of 1
finely grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
75cl bottle of decent vodka
Mix the dried fruit with the sugar, cinnamon sticks, mixed spice, cloves, grated nutmeg and zest in a large bowl.
Pour over the vodka and cover tightly with clingfilm. Place in the fridge and leave for 3 days, stirring once a day.
Line a sieve with a double layer of fine muslin and place it over a large, clean jug.
Pour the dried fruit and vodka mixture into the sieve and leave it to drip through into the jug.
Pour into a clean, dry bottle and fasten the lid.
Store in the freezer until needed.
You can always use the remaining fruit as an icecream sauce or even make Christmas Pudding Vodka Icecream