Cranberry Orange Liqueur

[expand title=’Ingredients’]2 1/2 c. cranberries, coarsely chopped
Grated peel from an orange
1 (750 mL) bottle vodka
1 1/3 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. water[/expand]

Preparation:
Preparation time: 20 minutes. Steeping time: 3-4 weeks. Combine cranberries, orange peel (use only orange part, no white) and vodka in a 4-cup glass container. Cover and let steep at room temperature 3-4 weeks. Strain into a clean container, then discard fruit. Combine sugar and water in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil, boil 1 minute; cool. Stir sugar syrup into liqueur. Taste and make more syrup if a sweeter liqueur is preferred. Makes 4 1/4 cups.

Pina Colada Liqueur

[expand title=’Ingredients’]1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 1/2 c. water
2 c. flaked coconut
1 vanilla bean, split
24 chunks (approximately 1 1/4 c.) fresh-cooked or canned unsweetened pineapple, drained
3 c. light rum[/expand]

Preparation:
Bring water and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat to low, add coconut and vanilla bean. Simmer 5 minutes, uncovered, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; add pineapple. Cool to lukewarm. Add rum. Place in aging container (preferably glass with a tight-fitting lid). Let stand for one month, shaking once a week. Pour through a fine wire mesh strainer into a large bowl. Press coconut and pineapple with a potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon to obtain all the juice. Discard fruit. Strain liqueur through fine cloth or paper coffee filters several times until desired clarity is reached. Bottle and age an additional 1 to 2 months. If there is sediment at the bottom of the bottle, a final straining or siphoning may be needed at this time. If you prefer, the bottom cloudy layer may be saved for cooking.

Rhubarb Liqueur

[expand title=’Ingredients’]4 c. fresh rhubarb
3 c. granulated sugar
3 c. vodka[/expand]

Preparation:
Wash and trim rhubarb. Slice about 1/4 inch thick by hand or in food processor. Place rhubarb in an aging container (preferably glass with a tight-fitting lid). Add sugar and stir. Pour vodka over mixture and stir again. Cap or cover and let sit at room temperature for 2 to 4 weeks. The color will change to a rosy glow (so will your cheeks after sipping the final product!) Stir occasionally. After initial aging, strain liqueur through metal colander placed over a large bowl. Press juice out of rhubarb with a spoon. (Save fruit and use in a cake or over ice cream.) Strain again through cloth until liquid is clear. Re-bottle as desired, cap and age at least one additional month before serving.

Sorrell Liqueur

[expand title=’Ingredients’]1 lb. sorrel
2 lb. sugar
4 grains clove
1 or 2 sticks cinnamon
3 pt. Water[/expand]

Preparation:
Wash and clean sorrel removing seeds. Place ingredients in saucepan and bring to a boil for about 1/2 hour. Add 3 to 4 oz. rum. Serve with crushed ice

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.

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