Homemade cinnamon-spiced whiskey

Time 5 minutes
Yields Makes about 750-mL flavored whiskey
Homemade cinnamon-spiced whiskey
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If you’re considering homemade gifts for the holidays this year, there are plenty of ways to get creative in the kitchen. Not only are crafty gifts a thoughtful and creative way to show how much you care, they’re a great way to stay on budget during the holiday season.

From chocolate-dipped pretzels to batches of freshly baked cookies and candies, gifts can range from ideas that come together quickly to more involved recipes. Homemade gifts also make great projects for kids.

The following are three unique gift ideas, each tailored to specific tastes:

Please the home cook or grilling fan in your life with a jar of homemade hickory-smoked sea salt. Bake up a tray of homemade granola for loved ones, personalizing each batch with dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips or a combination of all three. And for something extra unique, infuse your own spiced cinnamon whiskey — the gift takes almost no time to prepare but is sure to be remembered. (Try a splash — or two — in the holiday eggnog.)

For additional gift ideas, we’ve compiled 25 of our favorite homemade holiday gift recipes, including cookies, marshmallows, caramel corn and more.


Pour the bottle of whiskey into a large, sealable nonreactive container. Add the brown sugar, stirring until it is dissolved. Add the cinnamon sticks and chiles. Cover and place in a cool, dark place for about 5 days, or until desired flavor is achieved. Remove and discard the cinnamon sticks and chiles. The whiskey will keep, at room temperature, for 3 to 6 months.