At last! It is ready and amazingly tasty too.
So I finally have a definitive recipe for you all. To make a lovely litre of werther’s original vodka you will need:
1 Litre of vodka
4 x large bags of Werther’s Originals.
Check out the method by looking here
I decided not to filter this one, after starting to do so and it taking AGES and it not making a huge difference to the consistency of the booze.
I wrote some labels (adding the tip to shake the bottle before serving!) and made the bottles look pretty by attaching bows.
I then poured the vodka into the bottles using my trusty funnel and they’re ready to go!
I also have my own personal bottle to tuck away with the rhubarb and custard and parma violet versions.
The Christmas Pudding rum is still not ready. I have added a handful of sugar, a handful of raisins and another of currents and a shaking of flaked almonds. I’ve still got 3 weeks and I’m hoping it’s going to come together by Christmas day.
You’ve still got time to make some flavoured vodka though – I’m going to try a batch of Chocolate Lime Vodka next…
To get started look here for week one
and here for week two
I know there’s no week three, but that’s because nothing much was happening.
The Werther’s Original Vodka is doing OK, it’s still very vodka-y so I will be adding yet another bag of sweets to the mix this weekend (when I remember to buy them)
The Christmas Pudding Rum is..well, it needs something but I’m not sure quite what yet. I’m going to give it another week and then maybe add some more fruit, nuts and sugar.
The Parma Violet Vodka is ready for filtering.
It smells like a pack of sweeties and tastes like twisted childhood memories.
Filtering is the same process as in week two.
The first filtration left quite a lot of foam in the filter paper
and a slight “scum” floating on the top of the liquid.
So I changed the filter paper and poured the liquid through again.
This time though, I went slightly bonkers at the end of the process (in my defence I was baking cakes at the same time and
drinking wine was a little bit distracted) and squeezed the filter paper to get the last valuable drops of liquid out. What an idiot. Of course this squirted the foam straight through the paper, down the funnel and into the liquid and so I was onto a third filter paper and starting all over again. Top Tip – don’t do this.
So after a third (and self-inflicted) filtering the vodka was ready and bottled up.
Now. As you can see I have lost half of my lovely, lovely vodka. Some of this can be attributed to the filtering process (by the final one I was starting to get a bit slapdash) some of the loss can be blamed on the tasting, and some on the initial pouring away of vodka to fit the sweets into the bottle.
It is fabulous though, and I will definitely be making more of this one.
The Rhubarb and custard vodka, bottled on the second week, remains clear and sediment free. It has become quite the party trick for visitors.
I play, “what’s the flavour?” and watch as they get steadily more pie-eyed while trying to locate that memory buried in the back of their childhood brains, of sweets sucked on a wet playground while Barry Tilner chased them for a kiss.
Now, just to get that Christmas Pudding Rum tasting as good as it smells (It’s going in the Christmas pudding this weekend, ready or not)
So week two eh? That came around a bit quickly didn’t it?
Just like Christmas will – be warned! I have already seen two houses decorated with Christmas lights and Christmas trees, admittedly these homeowners are clearly insane, but if you want some tasty, tasty booze ready to give as presents or drink yourself
crying while listening to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” then you’d better get on with it.
Head over to week one to get started.
I’ve been shaking the jars everyday, and having a good sniff. Let’s have a look
The Christmas Pudding Rum is coming along nicely, but as the flavouring comes from natural ingredients, this one will take the longest to mature.
The Werther’s Original Vodka just smells and tastes of vodka (which is fine itself) but I want this to be really tasty, so I’m going to add some more Werther’s. A whole large bag would be good (I’ve only got three quarters of a bag left, thanks to the Werther’s pixies who sneak in once night falls and snaffle them, leaving their golden wrappers in Oliver’s bed. DAMN THEM)
The Parma Violet Vodka is looking…well, a bit grim actually, and smells of nothing but vodka.
The bottle lid has lost it’s thread, so I’m going to transfer this mixture to a fresh bottle (sterilised) and add some more parma violets.
The Rhubarb and Custard Vodka looks, smells and tastes fantastic, and is ready for bottling.
All the rest of the drinks are heading back into the cupboard for another week of daily agitation (an almost perfect description of my working life there)
You’ll need some coffee filters, a funnel, a large jug and some bottles (duh). I got mine from Jamtastic and they were delivered quickly with no problems at all.
Place a coffee filter into the head (is that the right word?) of the funnel and pour vodka into filter, allow to drain through slowly.
Now, this particular flavoured vodka only required one filtering (I think – but as this one is an experimental batch we’ll check that there’s no sediment in the finished bottle next week) but be prepared to repeat this process if your vodka still looks cloudy or any way unpleasant.
I’m looking at you Parma Violet Vodka.
I poured my finished drink of certain drunkenness into a fresh, sterilised bottle and labelled it up.
I haven’t drunk half of it by the way, that’s the amount extracted; remember that I needed to pour a little vodka out when flavouring in order to put the sweets in – This can be solved by flavouring in kilner jars.
So, cheers! and here’s to next week.
Yes, yes, I know I said the “C” word, but if you want to have some amazing alcohol tucked away ready for the Holiday season, it’s getting time to start thinking about it. Sorry about that.
First up this year is some Christmas Pudding Rum. Oh yeah, baby. It’s Christmassy and also a little bit PIRATEY. What’s not to love?
1 x sterilised container with air tight lid (I’m using 1.5 litre preserve jars). To sterilise the jars either run them through a full dishwasher cycle, or wash them thoroughly with warm soapy water before placing them in an oven set to gas mark 4 for twenty minutes. Allow them to cool down completely before adding your ingredients.
So we’ve got:
Currents, blanched almonds (chop them up roughly), cinnamon sticks, dark muscovado sugar (about 250 g) star anise, cloves, honey, vanilla extract and the peel of an orange and a lemon (be careful that there’s not pith on any of the peel as this will make your rum taste bitter) and a litre of white rum.
Bung everything into your jar and add the rum.
You then need to give it a good shake. DON’T do what I did, which was put the rubber seal on the wrong way round, as you’ll end up with a kitchen counter which smells like a Friday night in Sinatra’s Nightclub.
Next is some Toffee/Butterscotch
whatever it is Werthers Original Vodka.
Same rules apply for the jar as for the rum. I used one large bag of Werthers Originals to 1 litre of vodka.
And give it a good shake.
I’m also trying some Parma Violet Vodka and an old childhood favourite of mine, Rhubarb and Custard Vodka. (The sweets were a childhood favourite, I didn’t drink vodka then)
As these are a trial run, I used small flask bottles of Vodka, poured a little of the lovely liquid away and added the sweets before tightening the lid back on and giving them a shake.
All of these beauties will be kept in a dark cupboard and will be shaken on a daily basis.
We’ll see how they’re doing next week.