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5 small mason jars with infused whiskey. The ingredients are in front of each jar like whole coffee beans, lemon and ginger, apple slice and a cinnamon stick. There's a handle of bourbon in the background.

DIY Infused Whiskey Bourbon

DIY infused whiskey bourbon: lemon ginger, vanilla, apple cinnamon and coffee make perfect homemade holiday gifts for friends/whiskey lovers.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword diygifts, diyinfusedwhiskey, infusedwhiskey
Prep Time 5 minutes
Infusion Time 5 days
Total Time 5 days 5 minutes
Servings 5 1.5 cup jars
Author Wine a Little Cook A Lot


Vanilla Chai Spice Whiskey:

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean, cut down the middle
  • 1 tbsp chai spice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1.5 cups whiskey bourbon

Apple Cinnamon Whiskey

  • 1 apple sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick whole
  • 1.5 cups whiskey bourbon

Lemon Ginger Whiskey

  • 1 tbsp lemon peel cut into 1/4" thick strips, about 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger cut into 1/2" chunks
  • 1.5 cups whiskey bourbon

Orange Pecan Whiskey

  • 1 tbsp orange peel cut into 1/4" thick strips, about 1/3 orange
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1.5 cups whiskey bourbon

Coffee Infused Whiskey

  • 1/4 cup whole coffee beans
  • 1.5 cups whiskey bourbon for garnish


  • Place ingredients for each whiskey flavor in a large mason jar. You should have a total of 5 jars.
  • Evenly pour about 1.5 cups of whiskey over ingredients in each mason jar. Give each jar a good shake. Store in a cool, dark place for 2-7 days.
  • Taste test the whiskey every couple of days.
    The coffee and chai spice whiskeys only take about 1 day or so to infuse.
    The other flavors should take about 5-7 days.
  • Once the whiskey is at the desired flavor, strain out the ingredients and pour into smaller mason jars if giving as gifts.


  • The coffee bean and chai spice whiskeys should only infuse for 1-2 days max.  Make sure to test after the first day so it doesn't become too strong or bitter!  The other flavors will take about 1 week, but make sure to taste test those as well.
  • If you aren't making these for gifts, just keep them in the larger jars or other airtight container.
  • Be sure to strain out the whole ingredients after the whiskey is infused for longer shelf life.
Drink Recipes to Use with your Infused Whiskey:
Vanilla Chai Hot Chocolate:
  • 1.5 oz Vanilla Chai infused whiskey
  • 1 Packet of Hot Chocolate (white, dark or regular)
  • 4 oz Milk
  • 2 oz Irish Cream (such as Bailey’s)
  • Mini Marshmallows, for garnish (optional)
  1. Prepare hot chocolate as directed; add in whiskey and serve hot with mini marshmallows.
Whiskey Lemonade (makes 1 cocktail drink)
  • 1.5 oz Lemon Ginger infused Whiskey
  • ¼ cup Fresh Blackberries
  • 2.5 oz Lemonade
  • 2 oz Ginger Ale
  • Lemon Peel and Blackberries, for garnish (optional)
  1. Muddle whiskey and blackberries until juices release.  Add in lemonade and top with ginger ale.
  2. Garnish with lemon peel and fresh blackberries if desired.
Apple Pie Spritzer (makes 1 cocktail drink)
  • 1.5 oz Apple Cinnamon Whiskey
  • 4 oz Cream Soda
  • Cinnamon, for garnish (optional)
  1. Place whiskey in glass over ice.  Top with cream soda.
  2. Garnish with cinnamon if desired.
Bourbon Coffee Martini (makes 1 martini cocktail)
  • 1.5 oz Coffee Infused Whiskey
  • 2 oz Coffee Liquor (such as Tia Maria or Kahlua)
  • 1 oz Irish Cream Liquor (such as Bailey’s)
  • Bourbon soaked coffee beans, for garnish (optional)
  1. Shake all ingredients in shaker with ice.  Pour into martini glass. 
  2. Garnish with bourbon soaked coffee beans if desired.