by Cora L. Diekman
Forget the cookies, the chocolates, and the baking for that matter! Surprise friends and family with the gift they really want (and need) this holiday season - vodka! And while a bottle of their favorite spirit is always much appreciated, why not go the extra (half) mile and DIY an edible treat that will amaze everyone on your gift list - even fussy foodies!
For the travel enthusiast: homemade limoncello
Anyone who has ever visited Italy (or even just dreamed of it) will appreciate a homemade batch of this zesty citrus treat. One pop of the bottle, and the delicious aroma will transport its recipient out of cold-weather winter doldrums and directly to the Amalfi coast. And no one has to know how simple this 3-ingredient recipe is to make. Simply peel 10 lemons and combine the peels with one 750-ml bottle of vodka, and cover with plastic wrap for 7 days. After 7 days, strain the peels. Then create a simple syrup with ⅔ c water and ⅔ c sugar, add the sugar syrup to the vodka, and stir to combine. Allow to rest for 1 month before gifting.
Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown