Fruit and Booze

Just before Christmas I decided fruit flavored alcohol sounded good and easy to make. Years ago, I re-purposed some of my father’s whiskey for raisins and apples. He wasn’t so pleased, but I enjoyed it. Remembering that…

But Christmas crept up on me, and time is one of the ingredients of fruit flavored spirits.

I was doing some food shopping with my mother and the idea of fruit and alcohol came up again. We both agreed that it was a good idea so:

fruit_vodka_jars

Fruit Soaking in Vodka

We even bought a dozen mason jars especially for the purpose. The recipe is not really a recipe. I put fruit/herbs/rind into the vodka as you see in the picture. The only potential mystery is that the little jar on top has about three quarters of an apricot, halved cherries, and at least four tablespoons of brown sugar. The others are (left to right):

three quarters of a pear in a mason jar of vodka,

a handful of mint leaves and several strips of orange peel,

and one apricot and fifteen halved and pitted cherries.

I’m not storing them in the direct sunlight like that either, that was just for the lighting.

We shall see.

Cherries in Vodka

Cherries and Apricots in Vodka

Most of the recipes I found on the web had enormous amounts of sugar. I wanted the flavor not the syrup (aside from the little jar for my mom). Most recipes suggest several weeks to several months. I may need to hid the jars so I don’t fiddle with them every day.

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