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« Reply #20 on: August 29, 2008 07:43:30 AM »

make honey mead Smiley  that stuff is really sweet type of wine thats usually found an reniasance festivals..
here is one link to a recipe...

« Reply #21 on: August 29, 2008 07:46:26 AM »

A second the meade idea. Its super easy to make and its a wonderful sweet wine that would go well around christmas time. If you add some vanilla beans its yummy.

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« Reply #22 on: August 29, 2008 10:02:24 AM »

as it's for the holidays i'd say mulled wine, but that's just because that's my holiday drink
i can write up a recipe and pm you if you like

I would LOVE the recipe! This sounds fabulous! Thanks so much!! Cheesy
« Reply #23 on: August 29, 2008 10:03:25 AM »

You could make Kahlua. It's preety inexpensive to make. You only need a fifth of vodka to make a gallon of Kahlua and cheap vodka works just fine for Kahlua. The only hard part about making Kahlua is that it needs to age 6 to 8 weeks. I had a neighbor that used to start bothering me at about 3 weeks. Is it ready yet? I don't think any of my kahlua batches aged over 6 weeks. Good times, g Grin Grin d times.

Wow, I never even thought about Kahlua! Do you happen to have a recipe that you've tried and know that works?? I'm sure I could find something on google, but it's good to have someone that's tried it first! Thanks for your idea!!
« Reply #24 on: August 29, 2008 10:05:11 AM »

i'm laughing about giving someone a Whole Gallon of liquor though. what a message eh? heh, "here's your giant bottle of booze, ya lush!"
i'm totally laughing  Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy

you know, you could fill them with people specific stuff, like i am crafty so if i got a gallon jar of, say, buttons, i'd just be in freaking heaven!

Ahahaha, that is so true about the liquor. I so wish that they were 1/2 gallon bottles, but for some reason when I ordered them, I thought an entire gallon was necessary. Ooops!! And what a cute idea to fill them with buttons! Unfortunately, I think at the price of buttons these days, I could make a gallon of cranberry vodka!
« Reply #25 on: August 29, 2008 11:08:50 AM »

Ok first thing that comes to mind is a simmering potpourri..that would be something that people would use little by little and a whole gallon wouldn't be absurd, especially if it was pre-diluted so all they have to do is pour some in a pot or crock pot and simmer.  unfortunately all I can find are recipes for dry ingredient mixtures that you add water to when you are ready to simmer. But maybe you can find a recipe to make just a liquid one, like they sell in stores, I wonder how that would keep...

Oh here's a semi-idea: you go with a "ship in a bottle" kind of idea.. put something in it that looks like there was no way you could have fit it in there and that they could only use (assuming its a consumable item, doesnt have to be if they're artsy) by pulling a little out at a time. the only example I can think of is like a big roll of stickers, but that would only really work for a kid, unless you know someone who really likes stickers!

OR what about a "message in a bottle" kind of thing. Here's one idea: take a looooooong piece of pretty ribbon, and then every "X" inches down the ribbon affix a small, pretty card. You could do 365 cards inside and run the ribbon out of the top, so they could pull on it and pull out a card every day (you could date them if you were that good) then on each card, you give them something that fits their personality. If they are humorous you put an original joke or picture on each one, if they are the person that always knows the most random facts, you put a random "didja know?" on each card etc. The theory behind this would be you didn't want to give them something for christmas that they would only enjoy for one only day, but that they could enjoy for a whole year to come. The coiled ribbon and cards would look really nice displayed in the jar.

You could do a gag gift like fill one with white jelly beans for a new mother or new wife/husband or someone who just started a potentially stressfull trek and say they are "aspirin"

for someone who doesn't drink wine  you could fill it with grape jelly beans, put on a funny "wine label" and include a decked out goblet

maybe for someone who cooks a lot, infused oil? might get pricey though

kind of another gag gift but you could get someone one of those "grow your own--" things (grow your own husband, boyfriend, dog etc where its a little gummy figurine that when you soak in water and it grows to a billion times its size) and either grow it for them and present it (with a tag that says "from the garden of ___" lol) or just give it with the jar.

OH ! lavender water! it has tons of uses so a gallon is not completely crazy to give.. (you could include a card with all the uses) check this out: http://tipnut.com/homemade-lavender-water-recipes/ the second recipe only uses 1.5 c vodka to a whole gallon so..well its a lot less expensive than a gallon of vodka!

k hope i helped or atleast gotten some more creative juices flowing!

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« Reply #26 on: August 29, 2008 11:18:27 AM »

Is there a certain snack food that your family loves?  Like gorp, puppy chow, trail mix, etc.  You could fill the bottle with something like that.

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« Reply #27 on: August 29, 2008 11:34:43 AM »

Beautiful bottle! The first thing that comes to mind is an infused oil. It can be kept in the refrigerator.
You could also make a milk bath. There are recipes online.
How about a flavored vinegar?
And I like the idea that someone else had for Cider. I would say do wassail.

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« Reply #28 on: August 29, 2008 12:50:35 PM »

My mother in law makes this awesom Puerto Rican egg nogg called coquito. She usually makes it by the gallon at christmas time.  Here's a link to a recipe -

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