Christmas Pudding Vodka

 Christmas Pudding Vodka

Christmas pudding Vodka is the perfect tipple when slaving over decorating the Christmas cake.

Best served chilled either from the fridge or preferably kept in the freezer.


  • 3 days steeping
  • 15 minutes straining


  • 1 large bowl
  • Clingfilm
  • Muslin cloth or jelly/jam straining bag
  • 1-2 bottles


  • 300g mixed dried fruit (sultanas, raisins, currants)
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsps ground mixed spice
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 6 Cloves
  • 75g light brown Sugar
  • Orange zest finely grated
  • Lemon zest finely grated
  • 1 litre Vodka


  1. Place the fruit, cinnamon sticks, mixed spice, nutmeg, cloves, sugar and zests in a large bowl
  2. Pour over the Vodka
  3. Stir well ensuring all on the fruit is soaking in Vodka
  4. Place cling film over the bowl
  5. Stir each day for 3 days
  6. Sterilise the bottles; wash in warm soapy water, rinse and place in a warm oven to dry
  7. Secure the muslin cloth over a bowl and gently pour the mixture
  8. Place the fruit into another bowl in preparation to make mincemeat (recipe to follow)
  9. Pour the Vodka into your prepare bottles

 This can be consumed straight after straining, but I recommend leaving for at least 1 week to allow the flavours to mature in the Vodka.

 Thank you to the Hairy Bikers for inspiring this recipe and my husband for all of his quality control testing.

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2 Responses to Christmas Pudding Vodka

  1. Curious says:

    How much vodka does that make? I’m giving it my first go now but am nervous about the amount being soaked into the fruit, it doesn’t look like there’ll be much left!

    Also, why do you strain it then leave it to mature? I understand it’s a different effect etc, just wondered what the taste difference is if I e.g. left unstrained for a week then allowed it to stand for a bit.

    • admin says:


      I am glad you are trying the recipe it is definantly a conversation piece with friends and family.

      If you are using 1 litre of Vodka you should get aroung 70cl. The longer you strain the more Vodka should come through. However don’t waste the fruit use it to create your Christmas Cake, mince pies, strudel etc.

      The longer you leave a liqueur/Vodka once made the better the taste will improve. It will enable the flavous to continue blending and the Vodka will become more viscous.

      Please let me know how it goes.


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