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Holiday "First Aid Kit"

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If your friends are anything like mine you know someone who needs a stiff drink and a laugh this time of year. That is where the Holiday First Aid Kit comes in! It is a self contained package that allows them to sneak off and have a quick pick me up at those "dry" family gatherings.

For the Kit I made Scotch Whisky Cherries, Grand Marnier Cocktail Onions & Vodka Horseradish. I made several jars of each but made sure to pack some of each into those small jam jars that you get with hotel breakfasts to package into the first aid kit. The larger jars will be used as stocking stuffers or saved for New Years Eve. In my liquor cabinet I had several small "airplane" bottles of various liquor - these tend to now come attached to full sized bottles as samples and tend to multiply as time goes on so this is a perfect way to get rid of them without looking cheap!
 
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Step 1: Scotch Whisky Cherries

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Everyone always hates those neon red "glowing" maraschino cherries with their chemical after-taste BUT these are a totally different animal: Fresh red cherries, pitted and preserved in Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky.

Ingredients:
  • 3 pounds pitted cherries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups scotch whisky

Equipment:
  • Knife
  • Tweezers
  • Jars with Lids

Step 2: Prep Cherries

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We need to pit the cherries but we also need to keep the stem for a traditional cocktail Cherry.
  • wash your cherries and pat dry
  • slice an X in the bottom of the cherry
  • carefully insert your tweezers through the cut in the bottom
  • grab the pit with the tweezers and twist as you pull and the pit should come out while leaving the stem intact
l8nite1 year ago
This is a really neat idea. I'll have to try the horseradish. I have pearl onions in vodka as well as pearl tomatoes (there's to many to eat in those little containers) I also have jalapeno and habanero peppers preserved in vodka. Not only do the veggies get the flavor/bite of the alcohol the alcohol gets some of the vegetables flavor and or heat
Aaaaaah !... Now we're talking !

That's what I call true medical help !...

;)
lord_kian1 year ago
A really great idea. I have to make one.
Those cherries sound fantastic. Want!
vanweb (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago
they were the highlights of the project. so much better then the mass produced stuff and really not that much more money... and when they are all eaten you still have "cherry whiskey" left in the jar for cocktails!
Lorddrake1 year ago
Awesome job.
srohwer1 year ago
I love this. I'm doing this next year for my brother with a bottle of vodka and a can of lemonade.