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.

Kahluaa Coffee Liqueur

[expand title=’Ingredients’]4 c. sugar
1 fifth 100 proof vodka
3/4 c. instant coffee
1 vanilla bean[/expand]

Preparation:
Heat 3 cups water to boiling. Add 4 cups sugar. Let dissolve and cool. Meanwhile dissolve 3/4 cup coffee into 1 cup boiling water. When all cooled, place in gallon jug. Add the vodka and vanilla bean (cut diagonally). Let set 2 weeks minimum. Stir occasionally.

Mint Liqueur

[expand title=’Ingredients’]1 1/2 c. water
1 3/4 c. sugar
1 pt. 100-proof vodka
24 drops peppermint oil
Green food coloring[/expand]

Preparation:
Mix water and sugar, stirring over medium heat until dissolved. Cool. Stir in vodka, peppermint oil and green coloring to achieve desired shade. Seal in container and allow to age 30 days. Makes 1 quart.

Amaretto Liqueur

[expand title=’Ingredients’]3 c. sugar
2 c. water
Lemon peel from 1 lemon
6 tbsp. almond extract
1 tbsp. chocolate extract
3 c. vodka
1/2 c. bourbon
2 tbsp. Vanilla[/expand]

Preparation:
In large pot, add sugar, water and lemon peel. Bring to a boil and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat; add almond, vanilla and chocolate extracts. Remove lemon peel and add vodka. Praline liqueur: Use same recipe except substitute maple flavoring for almond.

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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