Spruce needle vodka is the perfect Christmas gift for the person who has everything. It’s essentially vodka infused with a sprig from your Christmas tree. O tanenbaum!
This spruce needle vodka is essentially just vodka infused with Christmas tree. The piney potable draws rave reviews from folks who’ve tried it and will make you want to hum along to “O Tannenbaum” as you knock some back. Simply pour the piney potable into a chilled martini glass and float a fresh, tender tip of your Christmas tree branch atop or bottle it up and gift it to the person who has everything. This recipe has been updated. Originally published December 17, 2010.–Connie Green and Sarah Scott
What's The Difference Between Spruce, Fir, And Pine?
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, rather than pine. 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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- 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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Spruce Needle Vodka Recipe © 2010 Connie Green and Sarah Scott. Photo © 2010 Sarah Remington. All rights reserved.
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