For me, nothing evokes the joy of Christmas like the smell of a Christmas tree (that and the smell of the Christmas box that stores my parents’ decorations for eleven months of the year, though I haven’t worked out how to bottle that yet).
The easiest way to capture aroma in a drink is to create a tincture – an alcoholic extract of a plant, or an intense and high (80-100% proof) alcohol infusion.
So once we’d purchased our Christmas tree this year I relieved it of one good size branch and then:
- Combine 60ml vodka in a small jar and add a handful of Christmas tree needle branches.
- Leave to infuse for 3-4 days.
- Remove the branches and bottle the tincture in a diffuser.
The finished tincture can be used to rinse glasses or glass stems or as a light spritz over the top of a finished drink – don’t over do it though, too much pine can be poisonous.