For me, nothing evokes the joy of Christmas like the smell of a Christmas tree, and this simple infusion will let you add this magical smell to every drink you make this December.

The easiest way to capture aroma in a drink is to create a tincture – an alcoholic extract of a plant, or an intense and high (80-100% proof) alcohol infusion.

So once you’ve purchased your Christmas tree this year, borrow one small branch:

  1. Combine 60ml vodka in a small jar and add a branch or two of Christmas tree needles.
  2. Leave to infuse for 3-4 days.
  3. Remove the branches and bottle the tincture in a diffuser.

The finished tincture can be used to rinse glasses or glass stems or as a light spritz over the top of a finished drink – don’t over do it though, too much pine can be poisonous.