I like to think of myself as a very, often over-the-top, organized person, but this holiday season I suggest we abort organization and delve into the world of winging it. Who’s with me?!
Last year I had the mother-in-law over for three weeks during November/December, before she went home for one week then came back out again with my sister-in-law for Christmas. Sound messy? Yes, it was. I had to plan Christmas for five people – the two in-laws, My Official Treat Taster, my dad and myself. I spent a large part of the week forcing my dad to talk to people and not just sit on his own playing with his phone, throwing my mother-in-law out of the kitchen, trying to join in with games to keep My Official Treat Taster happy and relaxing (also known as drinking bottles upon bottles of wine) with the sister-in-law. Points for guessing who my favorite family member is! Because I knew I would have to go through all this, the minute Halloween was out of the way I began planning Christmas. Binders, folders, highlighters and printables were constantly strewn about the house.
This year, it’s just going to be the two of us and we’re not even eating at home, so I’ve got very little planning to do and you know what? I HATE it! I somehow feel like I’m completely unorganized and behind, when the truth is that there just isn’t anything to organize. Well, I had to plan ahead to make this DIY Kahlua, but that’s it. So if you’re only going to organize one aspect of your holiday season like me, make it the booze! This takes 5 minutes to make, but it will take a few weeks before the flavors fully blend, so get a move on if you want this ready for Christmas time!
- 2 cups hot water
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee
- 2 tablespoons vanilla
- 2 cups vodka
- 1/2 cup brandy
Heat the water, sugar, coffee and vanilla together in a saucepan. Stir every now and then until the sugar and coffee have fully dissolved. Leave to cool completely. (Have a spoonful of this right now. It's a delicious sugary magical coffee syrup that is one of the best things I've ever tasted.)
When cooled, stir in the vodka and brandy. Pour into bottles and leave somewhere cool and dark for 4-6 weeks.
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