The Hudson Garden Club is excited to announce that the December scheduled speaker, Erika Raeth and her program "Homemade Liqueurs with Elements From the Garden," (postponed due to weather) will be the featured presenter at the January 19 meeting. The speaker will explain the process of concocting liqueurs using vodka or gin as a base and infusing berries, citrus and herbs to create one of a kind flavor.

Raeth will demonstrate the steps involved and share her personal stories of flavors that workedand what combinations were not as successful.

With so many flavor variables, a homemade liqueur can be created to please almost any palate, and is the perfect holiday present that offers a personal touch.

Raeth fell into making her own infused liquors when she took her kids berry picking and they picked way too many blackberries and raspberries. After making pies and jams, she still had too many berries. Inspired by her summer vacation in Germany where many of her friends had currants soaking in vodka on their windowsills, she decided that she would infuse vodka with raspberries and blackberries. One quick Google search later and recipe in hand, Erika infused her first liquor. After that, she raided her garden and infused gin and vodka with lemon verbena and lavender. From there, she began infusing vodka and gin with herbs and fruit from her friends, fruit purchased at the store and even frozen berries.

The Jan. 19 meeting will be held at Laurel Lake, 200 Laurel Lake Drive, with social time at 6:45 and the meeting starting at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in attending the program and liquers are welcome to attend as the meeting is open to the public. Call Bronwyn Pierson at 330-612-4879 with any questions about the evening. Garden Club meetings follow the Hudson Public School cancelation policy due to weather.