Beverage

Anise Liqueur

[expand title=’Ingredients’]1 lemon
3 c. granulated sugar
2 c. water
1 1/3 c. vodka
1 1/4 c. basic sugar syrup, (No. 1,2,3)
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. anise extract
Yellow food coloring[/expand]

Preparation:
Pare very finely the bright-colored rind from the lemon (no white). Blot peel on paper toweling to remove any excess oil. Combine sugar, water and peel in a large saucepan, heat to boiling, stirring often. Lower heat, simmer for 5 minutes. Strain syrup into a glass container. Cool to room temperature before preparing liqueurs. Combine vodka, sugar, syrup, vanilla and anise extract in a 4 cup screw-top jar. Stir in just enough yellow food coloring to tint liquid a pale yellow. Close jar. Store in a cool, dark place for at least 1 week to age. Yield: about 1 1/4 pints.

Kahlua Liqueur

[expand title=’Ingredients’]2 c. water
1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/3 c. instant coffee crystals
1 fifth “good brand” vodka
2 tsp. Vanilla[/expand]

Preparation:
In a saucepan, combine water and sugar. Simmer gently, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in coffee crystals; cool. Pour mixture into 2 quart screw top glass jars. Stir in vodka and vanilla; cover with lid. Let stand at room temperature for 2 weeks. Makes 5 1/2 cups of excellent Kahlua.

Irish Creme

[expand title=’Ingredients’]1 3/4 c. liquor (Irish whiskey, brandy, rum, Scotch, or rye whiskey)
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
1 c. (1/2 pt.) whipping or coffee cream
4 eggs
2 tbsp. chocolate flavored syrup
2 tsp. instant coffee
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract[/expand]

Preparation:
In blender container, combine liquor, condensed milk, cream, eggs, chocolate syrup, coffee, vanilla and almond extract; blend until smooth. Serve over ice, if desired. Store tightly covered in refrigerator up to 1 month. Stir before using.

Spiced Cran-Apple Liqueur

[expand title=’Ingredients’]4 med. Granny Smith apples (1 1/2 lbs.)
2 c. white wine
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. whole cloves
2 c. sugar
1 pkg. (12 oz.) cranberries, coarsely chopped
2 c. brandy
1 tsp. grated orange peel[/expand]

Preparation:
1. Pare and core apples; cut in eighths. In large glass bowl, combine apples, 1/2 cup wine, the cinnamon and cloves. Cook on HIGH 8 minutes or until boiling, stirring occasionally. Add sugar; cook on HIGH 4 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring once.
2. Add cranberries, brandy, remaining wine and the orange peel; mix well. Pour into 2 quart glass container; cover tightly. Store in cool, dark place 3 weeks, shaking occasionally.
3. Strain through double thickness of cheesecloth; repeat until liquid is clear. Pour liqueur into 1 quart bottle or decanter; cover tightly. Store in cool, dark place for 2 weeks before serving or gift-giving. Save soaked apples an cranberries to serve over ice cream or pound cake. Make 1 quart liqueur.

Strawberry Liqueur

[expand title=’Ingredients’]3 c. fresh strawberries, cut into thirds
3 tbsp. powdered sugar
3 c. vodka
1 c. white granular sugar
1/2 c. water[/expand]

Preparation:
Hull berries. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, stir until dissolved. Add to vodka. Steep 2 weeks in glass wide mouth jars. Crush berries through strainer. Filter. Bring sugar and water to boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved and clear. Cool. Add this sugar syrup to berry mixture. Let mature 7 weeks. Filter again through coffee filter. Put into 1 quart bottle. It’s ready to drink.

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