Gift-Worthy: Cocktails In A Jar
The perfect gift for the cocktail-lover on your list: Cocktails in a jar, made easily with a variety of dried fruits, spices, and other ingredients.
I LOVE making homemade gifts for the holidays – and my gift recipients love to receive them. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the cocktail lover on your gift list, here’s a fun idea for you: Cocktails in a jar!
I keep seeing similar products in gift shops for $20-$25 a jar, and figured it would be an easy (and much cheaper!) to make them at home.
These cost less than $5 to make.
How To Make A Festive Old Fashioned In A Jar
I made a Festive Old Fashioned mix by including the following ingredients:
- Dehydrated orange slices
- Dehydrated raspberries (dehydrated cherries will also work)
- Dehydrated cranberries (just a few – they’re tart!)
- Cinnamon stick
- Sugar cubes
I also included a small jar of Jack Daniel’s so my recipients literally had all the ingredients they needed to make an Old Fashioned.
How To Make Other Cocktails-In-A-Jar
The first thing you need to know about making your own cocktails in a jar is that there are SO MANY options for what to fill your jars with. A variety of fruits, spices, and seasonings will work (with the addition of sweeteners, in many cases).
You can play mixologist in include a variety of different ingredients:
- Dehydrated fruit (orange, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, apples, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, pears, apricots, etc.)
- Spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg – don’t go overboard!)
- Other ingredients (rosemary, lemon thyme, lavender, rose petals, dehydrated ginger)
- Sugar cubes (look for turbinado/Sugar In The raw sugar cubes)
Other Cocktail Recipe Combinations
- Sangria: Dehydrated apples, oranges, and lemon + sugar cubes + a bottle of red wine
- Mimosas: Dehydrated oranges + a bottle of champagne + fresh orange juice
- Fruit punch: Dehydrated oranges, pineapple, apples, pears (and other fruit) + a bottle of vodka + sweetener (simple syrup or sugar cubes)
- Cosmopolitan: Dehydrated lime and cranberries + a bottle of vodka + cranberry juice
- Spiced cider: Dehydrated oranges and apples + cinnamon and clove + a bottle of bourbon
Don’t forget the mixers! Adding tonic water, club soda, fruit juice, etc., with turn these mixers into cocktails!
Tips For Making Infused Cocktails In A Jar
- Organic ingredients: Look for organic ingredients since you are infusing them in alcohol. Everything you infuse – pesticides, chemicals, etc. – will end up in the final product.
- Alcohol: Model your cocktail-in-a-jar after your favorite drink, using the most appropriate/obvious alcohol associated with that cocktail. For the Old Fashioned, I used Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey. For sangria, for example, use red wine paired with dehydrated fruits such as apples, oranges, and lemons.
- Infusion time: Infuse alcohol in the jar filled with ingredients for 3 or more days.
- Strain out ingredients: Make sure to strain out all of the dried fruit/spices/other ingredients before consuming.
- Dehydrate your own fruit: To save money, dehydrate your own fruit instead of buying it at the grocery store.
- Warning! Infused alcohol is really strong. These are basically pure alcohol with the flavors and essences of whatever you’re soaking. You can use these infused alcohol recipes as mixers.
- 4 navel oranges, cut into 1/2-inch slides
- 12 ounces fresh raspberries
- 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
- 2 cinnamon sticks, cut in half
- 12 turbinado sugar cubes
- Use dehydrator to dehydrate oranges, raspberries, and cranberries. Time will vary depending on your dehydrator and thickness of fruit.
- Distributed dried fruit, cinnamon sticks, and sugar cubes evenly among mason jars.
- Pair mason jars with 375 ml bottles of Jack Daniels or your preferred bourbon or whiskey.
- Instructions to make cocktails. Pour bourbon/whiskey into mason jar and allow to infuse for 3 or more days. Before serving, remove fruit & spices and strain to ensure no solids remain. Serve on ice garnished with cocktail cherries.