Easy DIY boozy gifts

Make a boozy gift for someone special. Learn how to flavour spirits and make your own compound gin – the recipes are easy but the results are impressive.

Glass of gin on wooden stand with elderflower sprig and bottle

Raise a glass to someone you care about with a homemade bottle of their favourite tipple – perhaps a boldly flavoured strawberry & rhubarb vodka or a delicate elderflower gin. This grown-up gift is a simple but thoughtful way to wow your loved one.

Before you get brewing, learn how to sterilise bottles in three easy steps.


Bottles of lemon and cranberry spirits with cellophane and labels
Transport your loved one to Italy, if not with a flight then a bottle of zesty limoncello. With just four ingredients (including water) you can bottle the taste of summer. An ice-cold shot makes a delightful after-dinner treat, or poured over ice cream for a decadent dessert. Just a drizzle of it can take classic recipes to the next level like our raspberry semi-freddo

Try making spiced arancello for an orangey twist on the classic lemon liqueur. 

Turkish delight vodka

Turkish delight in bottle on wooden board
Bottle up the flavour of an exotic sweet-shop treat with our Turkish delight vodka. After making a batch, sieve out the chopped pieces of Turkish delight and drop in fresh, full cubes for a quirky drink that money can't buy. Enjoy mixed with water and ice, or poured over vanilla ice cream for a dreamy dessert.

Strawberry gin

Red gin in bottles and glasses with ice and strawberries
Capture a spirit of romance with our simple strawberry gin and put a pop of colour in someone's drinks cabinet. This makes a stunner of a G&T, or a great base for fruity cocktails – and make sure you keep a batch for yourself to avoid gifter's regret.

Raspberry vodka

Red liquid with raspberries in bottle and glass on stack of books
Add to your repertoire of brilliant berry-flavoured spirits with our homemade raspberry vodka. Nothing beats the vibrant sweetness of fresh raspberries mixed with mellow vanilla. 

Be the host with the most at your next cocktail party with 10 vodka cocktails you can make in minutes

Rhubarb & strawberry vodka

Spirit in glasses with strawberries on tray
Showcase seasonal ingredients in rhubarb & strawberry vodka. For a more intense flavour, leave your mix to infuse for up to a month until the liquid turns a rich pink colour. It's fabulous served as a long drink topped with soda or your choice of fizz.

Compound gin

Glass with spirit, cucumber and berries on table
Make a bespoke blend using our easy compound gin recipe. With a good quality bottle of vodka and a few classic gin botanicals, like juniper berries and cardamom, you can create a gorgeous gin. Mix up the usual G&T, or stir a classic martini

Sloe gin 

Sloe gin in decanter and glass on table with label
Make sloe gin well in advance for a mature, richly rounded fruity flavour. This drink improves over time and makes fantastic cocktails. Use the leftover sloes to make an indulgent trifle or a pork or venison casserole. 

Watch our video for more tips on making sloe gin and get ideas for sloe gin cocktails

Chilli vodka

Bottle with spirit and chilli on tray with glasses
Our chilli vodka is great for adding a kick to a Bloody Mary or served straight over ice. Add a whole chilli to each bottle that you give away for an impressive looking gift that packs some heat.

Get more ideas for homemade spirits and party drinks at our cocktail & drinks hub

Want more bespoke gifts? Discover our best homemade gift ideas... 

6 fudge recipes to make at home
Our ultimate edible gift collection
The best gins to buy as gifts 

What's your favourite way to flavour spirits? Leave a comment below...




Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.
Be the first to comment...We'd love to hear how you got on with this recipe. Did you like it? Would you recommend others give it a try?
Be the first to ask a question about this recipe...Unsure about the cooking time or want to swap an ingredient? Ask us your questions and we’ll try and help you as soon as possible. Or if you want to offer a solution to another user’s question, feel free to get involved...
Be the first to suggest a tip for this recipe...Got your own twist on this recipe? Or do you have suggestions for possible swaps and additions? We’d love to hear your ideas.