The oaky taste of Armagnac, a French brandy made in Gascony, has long been paired with prunes. While Armagnac is available in vintage bottlings, nothing so extravagant is needed for this recipe. Use waterproof markers to decorate the outside of glass jars with flowers, abstract designs or a favorite line from a poem.
Refrigerate the prunes in sealed jars for up to 2 months. When giving, include a card with serving suggestions: “Spoon these ‘drunken prunes' over vanilla frozen yogurt, mascarpone cheese or plain yogurt.”