8 Ways to Use Leftover Alcohol from the Holidays, Because It Would Be a Shame to See All that Booze Go to Waste

As we all know, with the holidays comes a giant wave of all sorts of celebratory boozing. And because sometimes your eyes are bigger than your ability to hold alcohol, most of us inevitably have some leftover holiday booze kicking around from all the festivities that's seriously clashing with our "new year new you" cleanse. So if you've had your fill of alcohol between Christmas and New Year's Eve but want to put your leftovers to good use, we've got your back with these eight inventive ways to repurpose your holiday spirits. From making your own vinegar to curing your own salmon to whipping up a few alcohol-infused desserts, there's something here for everyone. Enjoy!

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Red Wine Vinegar

Don’t buy red wine vinegar — easily make your own from the holiday’s remainders courtesy of Confections of a Foodie Bride

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Vanilla Extract

Turn your leftover vodka into homemade vanilla extract that you can use for all your baking needs, just like Adventures in Cooking.

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Beer Griddle Cakes

Get your morning off to a boozy start with these beer-infused pancakes by Crepes of Wrath — you can actually taste the alcohol, and with a sprinkling of bacon on top, you really can’t go wrong.

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Boozy Cherries

Make like The Kitchn and put the rest of your bourbon to use by making boozy cherries. This way, when you eventually feel like drinking again, you’ll have the perfect cocktail garnish ready to go. 

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Cured Salmon

Don’t throw out your leftover bourbon just yet. Instead, put it to good use like Crepes of Wrath, and make your own bourbon cured salmon. Your morning bagel and cream cheese just got way more interesting.

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Honey Whiskey BBQ Sauce

If you have any leftover whiskey from the holidays, it’s your lucky day because that means you can make this delicious honey whiskey BBQ sauce from Simply Scratch.

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Flavored Vodka

Try your hand at making your own booze by repurposing your holiday vodka into different yummy infusions. Tori Avey shows us how to brew our own flavorful spirits, including orange peel, basil, and vanilla bean vodka.

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Boozy Baking

Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean winter is. So put your leftover booze to a wonderfully sweet use with these 13 tasty booze-infused winter dessert recipes ranging from red wine truffles to beer cake.

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