Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Wednesday Postscript - Schnapps and Liqueur

Good Morning.  Do you have your coffee?  Good, let's chat.  The summer is running away with us.  How is it mid-July already?  I have no idea where the summer has gone.  Living in Alaska, the summer always seems to slide by quickly.  

This year we're trying a little something new for us, we're making schnapps and liqueurs.  The process is really simple.  You'll need a jar, sugar, fruit, and vodka.  There are scads of recipes out there, I started a board on Pinterest for the ones that interest me.  

I started with a small quart jar of rhubarb schnapps.  I started with this recipe and scale it down based on what I had on hand.  I also used vanilla vodka because I had a bottle in the cupboard.  

Rhubarb Schnapps - Day 1 ( 12 June 2020)

Rhubarb Schnapps - Day 11 (22 June 2020)

According to the recipe, this little jar of goodness will be read on Juen 24th, which is a week from Friday.  We'll crack it open and learn the results then.  

Our second jar is Strawberry Liqueur.  This past weekend I picked three cups of wild strawberries and while discussing what to make with them Hubby brought up the chokecherry liqueur my mom makes.  I dug out the recipes I'd sent her several years ago to see if there was a strawberry option.  Bingo!  

Strawberry Liqueur - Day 1 (14 July 2020)

No recipe goes untouched in this house.  Adjustments were made base on the amount of fruit I had.  I also picked up some larger jars at the local hardware store.  This batch is in a half-gallon jar and I used unflavored vodka for this batch.  Now we wait three months before we can drink it.  

Blueberry picking season is just around the corner and we're eagerly awaiting the ripening of our raspberries.  We can't forget cranberry picking season in the late summer, early fall.  I also wonder about rosehips, that might need a bit of research.  I see more liqueur making in the future.  Have you made liqueurs, schnapps, wine, or other homebrew?  

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