Spruce Needle Vodka

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!

Two martini glasses filled with spruce needle vodka with a spruce sprig floating in each glass.

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. 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

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  • Makes one 750-milliliter bottle
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  • 1 cup spruce or Douglas fir needles, stripped from the branches
  • One (26-ounce) bottle vodka
  • Tender tips of the branches, for garnish (optional, but so very festive)

Directions

  • 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?)

Recipe Testers Reviews

This spruce needle vodka is wonderful—like the best of both vodka and gin! It’s easy and fun. I’m gifting bottles of this for Christmas!

Aside from the fact that this vodka is the easiest thing to make (it only took 10 minutes), the taste and smell are wonderful. I love vodka, and this spruce needle vodka was a huge hit at our house. I’ll make sure to always have this on hand.

We love infused spirits, so this spruce needle vodka recipe really intrigued me. I thought it would wind up either amazing or a total bust. Happily, it was really, really great. Aside from the fact that you may not be able to get fir needles yearround, it’s a super easy recipe. A week of steeping in the freezer with bits of our Christmas tree and the vodka was sharp, bracing, and redolent of the great outdoors. It made a mean martini, and even mixed well with tonic and lime juice. I didn’t make a full batch because I was a little nervous about the outcome, but everyone who tried it was clamoring for more. I may make a few bottles before our tree is gone and keep them in the freezer to have all winter.


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