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Cherry Liqueur #2

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Category: Beverages

 Ingredients List

  • Fresh fruit (cherries;
  • -raspberries; blackberries,a
  • -mix)
  • Strong vodka


(Tested on raspberries, blackberries and a mix of both).

Start with fresh fruit. Place cleaned fruit into a jar. Add very strong
alcohol just so it barely covers all of the fruit.

-I used double distilled vodka (alcohol content probably about 55-65%).
~Beware though- Apparently operating a still is VERY illegal ;-)

Let the covered jar sit for about a week and a half (it's covered so the
alcohol doesn't evaporate). Note that no fermentation takes place here- all
that happens is that the fruit soaks up the alcohol, and releases some of
its juices. Depending on the type of fruit the level of fluid may decrease.
Once you've decided that the fruit has soaked in much of the alcohol gently
pour off the fluid so as not to blemish the fruit (try one now for a taste
experience :-). Call this (very strong) fluid rack #1.

During the following steps you probably should avoid blemishing the fruit
if at all possible.

Replace the fruit in the jar, but layer it with sugar. How much sugar is
a bit difficult to say here. I usually tried to do my best to cover almost
all of the fruit with _some_ sugar. Cover the jar again. What happens now
is that the sugar makes the fruit give off its alcohol and shrivel
slightly. In a couple of days the level of juice in the jar should reach
almost the top of the fruit. This means it is time to pour it off again,
call this rack #2.

Now we repeat the layering with sugar step (getting rack #3, rack #4, etc)
until only a very small amount of juice is released. I have been told that
with cherries this can be kept up until only a tiny little bit of cherry
skin is surrounding the pit. Each rack is sweeter and sweeter.

With rasp[black]berries I got to rack #4 and then got bored waiting for
really small amounts of juice. So I took the berries, threw them into a
cloth and twisted the hell out them to release the vestiges of alcohol and
juice. This was rack #5. The left over pulp can be used with ice-cream.
Note that this step is entirely optional, four racks were plenty enough
(but why waste alcohol

Now comes the fun part: Invite several friends (I used 5) and mix the
different racks in various proportions and get some feedback on how they
taste (too sweet, too alcoholic, too dry, etc). Don't use too many friends
or else you won't have any left after the tasting. Now you should know what
proportions to mix the final product in. Disposing of juice _not_ used in
the final mix is left as an exercise to the reader (I had some sweet stuff
left over and use it on ice cream).

Thoughts on the final mix: In my case the final mix was very close to the
ratio of rack #1: rack #2: rack #3 etc. This was convenient because I got
the maximum of liqueur with minimal leftovers.

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