I enjoyed painting the gift tags so much that I decided to design some of my own. I had just as much fun painting these ones, although my calligraphy skills leave a lot to be desired. I'm tempted to sign up to Lindsey's online workshops in an attempt to improve my skills.
But I think the labels look okay and serve their purpose adorning these bottles of very Christmassy flavoured vodka.
I missed out on picking sloes or damsons for gin this year but this liqueur is just as good and only takes a few days before it's ready... Which means there is still time to make some for Christmas:
Christmas Pudding Vodka
Mix together 2 teaspoons mixed spice, 1 teaspoon mace and two cinnamon sticks and warm together in a dry pan over a low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring so they don't catch. In a large bowl combine the zest from an orange and a lemon plus 2 tablespoons each of freshly squeezed lemon and orange juice, together with 300g currants and 750g of light soft brown sugar. Stir in the warm spices and then pour in 1 litre of vodka. Give it all a good stir and then keep in the fridge for about five days. Stir it every day to dissolve the sugar. When the five days is up, strain through a muslin cloth or a jelly bag and decant into sterilised bottles.
I found it filled five 250ml bottles and left a small glass over for sampling... well I wouldn't want to give it away without making sure it was okay first!
Plus the left over currants got mixed into the fruit for the Christmas cakes.