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Homemade Arancello liqueur and a month until Christmas!

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Christmas enthusiasts the world over (me included) can finally freely utter the “C”-word without being frowned upon as it is now only 1 month until the big day!!

Time to start thinking about our nearest and dearest and get  those pressies sorted out. I personally believe that all pre-packed gift sets of all kind should be BANNED from the shops- urgh- there is just nothing less personal than being given a soap on a roap and a matching coffee mug in loads and loads of plastic sheet wrapping. I still remember the set of toiletries I was given one year…the box included a little flannel tied in a dinky bow. I couldn’t help but think “Thanks a lot- so you think I need a wash!?”:-)

I am a huge fan of home made presents! No amount of cash to splash can actually rival the gift of time… time invested in making somebody something special.

Homemade liqueurs are such an easy, cost effective gift to make, not to mention fun! I made this Spiced Arancello Liqueur  and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process of it.


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DSC04591 Apart from the ingredients,  all you need is a 5 litre still water bottle which you can pick up in most supermarkets. When the water has been used, the nice clean bottle is ready to be filled with all your lovely boozy ingredients.  Let it all steep and mingle together for some time before decanting into lots of pretty jars or bottles. Finally, decorate the containers or bottles to your heart’s content.



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