I love the month of October. Though I’m sad to see summer end, I always look forward to Halloween (my favorite holiday). Last week I posted some goth-inspired wedding inspiration to get in the spirit of all things dark and mysterious. While brainstorming favor ideas I came across Martha Stewart’s Coffin Treat Box tutorial and decided try making my own. I wanted to create a fun ‘adult’ gift or favor idea for a halloween party or goth wedding. After crafting a few coffins I decided a mini bottle of vodka would fit perfectly into each box. With the help of my boyfriend, James, we found the perfect cocktail recipe and vodka infusion to pair with the coffin gift boxes creating a unique and fun homemade gift.
Cranberry Spice Vodka Infusion
Recipe by James Luster, adapted from Cocktail Times
• 4 mini bottles (50ml) of absolute vodka (or one per recipient)
• 1/3 cup of cranberries (fresh or frozen works)
• 2 whole cloves
• 1/2 a whole nutmeg (it’s better if it’s cracked up, so no worries having to cut one in half)
• 1/3 tsp of whole coriander seed, or simply a tiny pinch
• 1/3 a whole vanilla bean
• 1/3 cinnamon stick (again better if cracked up, so don’t worry about trying to preserve the stick form)
• 2 allspice berries
Makes 4 – 50ml bottles
Place cranberries and spices in a jar and top with the vodka. Let infuse for 2-3 days, then strain and pour back into individual vodka bottles. For an extra touch soak of the store labels and replace with custom labels in Casablanca style.
Just A Note: I realize this is a small amount of spices to come across. You can triple this recipe and use an entire bottle of vodka if you plan to make more than only 4 small bottles.
Cranberry Spice Cocktail
From Cocktail Times
• 1/8 fresh orange
• 1 mini bottle of Cranberry Spice Vodka Infusion
• 1/2 oz Cointreau
• 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
• 1/2 oz simple syrup
• Garnish: Spiced Sugar rim and 1 fresh or frozen cranberry
Coffin Gift Box
I originally thought these would make great favor boxes, but after making a few I decided that no one could ever make dozens of these as they are a bit time consuming to construct. Instead, they could be used for special gifts for your wedding party or even hostess gifts for a Halloween cocktail party.
For full instructions and to download the coffin template visit the Queen of Craft, Martha Stewart. I used black and red cardstock for my coffins. Once constructed, I filled the bottom of each box with black crimped paper shreds. You can buy this at your local craft store OR make your own by accordion folding a piece of black construction paper and cutting it into tiny strips (or ‘shreds’). Place one infused vodka bottle into each box so they are nestled in the paper shreds. On the inside of each coffin lid place a text label with the Cranberry Spice Cocktail recipe (see above photo). Lastly, adorn the outside of each box with a personalized oval label in the Casablanca style and red velvet ribbon.
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