If you are a fan of cocktails, then you should know how to make these homemade liqueurs. Many bars use liqueurs to make exceptional drinks. Some people prefer producing their liqueurs at home. Additionally, the house guests will be thrilled with these beverages. So, I present you the 4 easiest homemade liqueurs to astonish your friends with your cooking abilities.
1. Homemade Liqueurs: Kahlua
Coffee liqueur Kahlua is similar to the Tia Maria and it is considered one of the favourite spirit in the bar. One bottle can provide you with different cocktails, starting from the Black Russian to the Midnight Martini. It is very easy to make at home. Firstly, you start with rum or vodka and then add vanilla syrup with some instant coffee. In ten days, Kahlua is ready to be served.
- 3 cups of sugar
- 2 cups of water
- 1 piece of vanilla
- 8 tbsp of instant coffee
- 1 bottle of rum or vodka
Firstly, use a small saucepan with medium heat to blend the sugar, water and vanilla bean to make the syrup. Then stir, until the sweetener is completely dissolved. After 30 minutes of stirring, remove the pan from the heat. Put in the instant coffee and afterwards the mixture has to be cool. Then, mix the syrup with rum or vodka and shake well. Let it be in a dark area for 10 days.
(Reminder: Every day or two, shake the bottle).
After 10 days, strain the mixture to remove all the coffee remains and the vanilla beans. Eventually, store Kahlua in a sealed bottle!
2. Homemade Liqueurs: Amaretto
It is a classic liqueur that has a steady spot in the bar. Amaretto is the base of some nice cocktails, for instance toasted almond. To make this, you have to focus on the almond extract for the flavour. The fundamental ingredient is vodka and contains 2 kinds of sugar (White and brown). Moreover, the recipe relies on almond and vanilla extracts. If you have anything you need, the drink will be ready within one hour.
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 2 cups of vodka
- 2 tbsp almond extract
- 2 tsp genuine vanilla extract
For starters, boil the water in a saucepan and add the white and brown sugars. Blend the mixture till the sugar is dissolved. Secondly, extract the syrup from the surface and let it to be cool. Thirdly, add the alcohol and the flavouring ingredients and blend well. In the end, put the final product into a bottle and it is ready to serve.
(Tip: better with ice)
3. Homemade Liqueurs: Sloe Gin
It is a special liqueur which is made from sloe berries. It is used for the sloe gin fizz. Its popularity is decreased, but you should not be discouraged by that fact. Sloe gin is pretty famous in the United Kingdom, where this recipe originates. It requires 1-2 months to be processed. Many people say that Christmas is the ideal period for this drink, due to sloe berries. This fruit takes much time to grow and they pick them up on October (the latest). That is why there is the particular perception. Though, you will see that it is suitable for any period.
- 15 ounces of sloes
- 16 ounces of gin or vodka
- 8 ounces of sugar
Most importantly, wash the sloe with cold water, because there might be dust or small insects. Then put the sloes in the freezer all night and the skin will split. Later, blend sugar with the alcohol of your choice (gin or vodka) and stir until the sugar dissolves. The next step is the placement of the sloes into jars, although not tightly. Fill the jars with the alcohol-sugar mixture and afterwards store in a dark place. You must shake the bottle couple of days at least for two months. After this process, strain the sloes and add more sugar if you desire. Finally, change bottles and seal it.
4. Homemade Liqueurs: Peach Liqueur
Summer is the ideal time to eat peaches. Also, there are many options to use this fruit, for example jam. Additionally, there is another way, which is a peach liqueur. But we have some difficulties. It must be aged correctly so that it develops the full extent of its flavour. Moreover, put a label on the bottle and write down the contents and the production date. The peach liqueur keeps its flavour and orange colour for up to a year. Afterwards you can drink it, but over time won’t taste the same.
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of water
- 2 pounds of washed peaches
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 1 1/2 cups of vodka
- 1 cup of brandy
- 4 drops of yellow food colouring
- Boil water and sugar with medium-high heat and stir until sugar dissolves.
- Detach the pan from the heat and let the syrup cool
- Cut the peaches in half and take out the pits
- Cut peaches in thin pieces.
- Stick the peaches, pits, lemon zest and orange zest into a jar.
- Then add the syrup, vodka, brandy, and food colouring
- Turn the jar upside down to mix the contents of the jar
- Store it in a dark place for 14 days.
- After that period, strain the mixture
- Put peach liqueur in a jar and store it for another 14-21 days.
- Finally, insert the final product into a nice bottle since you have strained it again.
To sum up, these are the 4 easiest homemade liqueurs that anyone has the chance to make. All you have to do is gather the ingredients and start cooking. They might be cheaper rather than buying a bottle of these liqueurs. As a result, it has become a trend to make these drinks at home. These are the best refreshments to serve to your house guests. Imagine that probably they are going to ask you for the recipe. Share the knowledge and enjoy these homemade liqueurs.
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