Sometimes I go off on a wayward path for no reason. This is one of those times. Over the summer we were making a recipe that called for raspberry liqueur. I didn’t have any on hand. Probably because I hadn’t even heard of it before. I did a quick online search and realized it’s a pricey liquor store item. I didn’t want to spend the money. Also it was about 8:00 am on a Sunday and liquor stores don’t open until 12:30 on Sundays in Georgia. Neither of those things were working in my favor. I noticed in my Google search there were plenty of recipes to make your own.
Say. No. More. If there is ever an option to make my own anything then that’s what I’m doing. I don’t take on many challenges in life anymore because I’m tired and beat down but I can still muster the energy for Raspberry liqueur.
So I started the process of pouring the sugar and Vodka into a mason jar with the leftover raspberries. I loosely followed a combination of recipes online but this one was the least complicated.
I used whatever ingredients I had which was about one mason jar full of vodka, about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of sugar and a handful of berries.
I put in all in the jar and shook it. Note that I skimmed the recipe online and skipped over the paragraph that mentions it takes weeks and weeks to do “its thing” for full flavor. My bad, I should have read that in detail.
So we didn’t end up having the raspberry liqueur for the dessert we were making that day. We used raspberry syrup instead. I ended up putting the jar in the dark corner of the pantry and setting a reminder in my phone to check it in six weeks.
Good thing I set a reminder otherwise I might not have found this until we moved out of the house. I did take it out of the pantry this weekend and it looked very similar to when I put it there six weeks ago.
I read online again and some of the sites suggested I should have shaken it every once in a while during the six weeks. Yeah, I forgot to do that.
I don’t think it was a deal breaker though. I strained the berries out and it seems to be lovely. There you have it, it was an easy process. Even easier if you skip half of the instructions like I did. The liqueur tastes good. So, now we have liqueur and no recipes for it. Isn’t that how it always goes.
If you have any recipes for this please send them my way.