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DIY Cocktail Kits

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  • Author: Lexi
  • Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 16 oz jars 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


These DIY Cocktail Infusion Kits are the perfect easy homemade holiday gift! They're also super affordable and easy to customize with different add-ins and liquors.


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Spiced Orange Bourbon Kit:

  • 5-6 navel or cara cara orange slices, sliced into 1/8-inch rounds
  • 3 1-inch pieces crystallized (candied) ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 whole cloves
  • 1 cardamom pod (optional)
  • 1 star anise pod (optional)

Pineapple Jalapeño Tequila Kit:

  • 6 pineapple slices, cut into 1/8-inch rounds (or use store-bought dried pineapple)
  • 1 small jalapeño, halved lengthwise (remove seeds for less spicy option)
  • 4 lime slices, cut into 1/8-inch rounds
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (we used turbinado) or 3 small sugar cubes

Cranberry Citrus Vodka:

  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries, halved
  • 4-5 slices blood orange, cut into 1/8-inch rounds
  • 4-5 slices tangerine, cut into 1/8-inch rounds
  • 1 sprig dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (we used turbinado) or 3 small sugar cubes


  1. Preheat oven to the lowest temperature* – we did 170˚F (75˚C). Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  2. Prepare all of the fruit. We recommend drying out extra than what's listed above so you have back ups in case anything burns. Make sure to slice everything to the same thickness (about 1/8-inch), otherwise they will not dry at an even rate. Place all of the fruit on the sheet pans, grouping it by type (some fruits will take longer than others). 
  3. Place in the oven. The rosemary will take 1-2 hours, the limes and cranberries will take 3-4 hours, the oranges will take 4-6 hours, and the pineapples and jalapeño will take 6-8 hours**. The fruits are done when they are completely dry to the touch on both sides. They may still be slightly pliable when you remove from the oven, but will harden as they cool. 
  4. Assemble the jars! Simply add all ingredients to a glass mason jar, screw on the lid and add a label. Write on the label, instructing the user to fill the jar with the alcohol of their choice and infuse for 1-3 days before straining.


*If your oven only goes down to 200˚F, subtract 1-2 hours from the times listed in the instructions. Make sure to check them often, as there is a chance they will burn. Flip them every 30-60 minutes to prevent burning. 

**Note that every oven is different, and these times may be shorter or longer than listed based on your oven. We recommend that you start to check each ingredient early and often to prevent burning. If needed, flip the fruit every hour or so to prevent burning. 

Shelf life: These DIY cocktail kits will last for 1 year in a cool, dark place. If stored in 80˚F, they will last 6 months.

Find more flavor combination ideas in the blog post above! 

Equipment used is listed in the "equipment" section of this blog post.

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It may vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 jar (without alcohol)
  • Calories: 117
  • Sugar: 24.5 g
  • Sodium: 1.5 mg
  • Fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.2 g
  • Fiber: 3.1 g
  • Protein: 1.3 g