These are old standbys, and I have made these off and on for over 30 plus years now.
I look for neat bottles with caps like the grolsch beer bottles-love those.
(this comes from Larry's cousin Janice)
I usually make a double of batch of this recipe, if making to give away for the holidays, I'll make two double batches.
5 cups sugar-I have used honey too-very nice
3 cups water
10 tablespoons of quality instant coffee
1/5 bottle vodka (2 2/3 cups)
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a large deep pan combine the sugar, water and coffee. Bring just to a boil, stirring til all is dissolved. Do not walk away from this, as when it comes to a boil-it will boil over the pan.
Let cool completely, add the vodka and vanilla extract. Pour into bottles and let set at least a month in a dark cabinet.
Amoretto-(I love this but have not made for awhile)
2 cups vodka
2 cups sugar
2 cups brandy
4 teaspoons almond extract
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, and two cups of water. Bring to boiling, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes; stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat. Let cool down.
Stir in vodka, brandy, and almont extract. transfer to air tight bottles. makes about 6 cups
Bailey's Irish Cream
(This is a definate treat when I make it.)
2 cups whiskey any type
1 (8.8 ounce) carton half and half
1 can evaporated milk- small can
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
Mix well in a blender. Chill in dark bottles. Keep refrigerated.This makes up a couple small bottles.