Spruce Needle Vodka

Simply pour this frozen green vodka into a chilled martini glass and float a fresh, tender fir tip on top.–Connie Green and Sarah Scott

LC O Tannenbaum Note

A piney potable? This Christmas tree-infused cocktail sort of makes you want to hum along to “O Tannenbaum,” eh? While we’re on the topic of tannenbaums, the type of tree you pluck a sprig from will make a profound difference in the final spirit. So as not to go overboard with a resinous smack, stick with spruce or Douglas fir, preferably one from a local tree. And ask whether the tree was sprayed–you want one that wasn’t. Oh, and just to state the obvious, opt for a vodka you wouldn’t mind sipping straight up. Actually, come to think of it, gin would be just as nice.

Spruce Needle Vodka Recipe

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • Makes one 750-milliliter bottle


  • 1 cup spruce or Douglas fir needles, stripped from the branches
  • One 750-milliliter bottle vodka
  • Tender tips of the branches, for garnish (optional, but so very festive)


  • 1. Place the spruce or fir needles and 1/3 of the vodka in a blender. Blend at high speed for 2 minutes. Pour into a large, clean jar or bowl.
  • 2. Pour the remaining vodka into the blender jar and swirl it around to gather any green residue on the sides and bottom. Pour this into the fir-infused vodka and stir to combine. Cover the jar or pour the vodka back into its original bottle and seal. Refrigerate for 1 week.
  • 3. Strain the vodka mixture, discarding the solid pine mass. Strain the vodka again through a coffee filter or cheesecloth and then pour the vodka into a clean bottle. You can stash the emerald green elixir indefinitely in the freezer. (May be sorta nice to pull it out for a little Christmas in July, eh?)
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