The secrets of homemade liqueur by Delices and Gourmandises
Contrary to what many people think, preparing a homemade liquor is accessible to all. To do this, simply gather all the necessary ingredients and follow the steps explained by Delices and Gourmandises.
The basic ingredients of a homemade liqueur
To prepare a liqueur, you need alcohol with a neutral taste such as white alcohol, vodka or fruit alcohol, sugar, water, and depending on your preferred recipe, herbs, fruits, spices, flowers, seeds or bark. You can also use food coloring if you wish. In any cases, it is recommended to use ripe, untreated fruits and freshly picked herbs to get a flavored liqueur.
It is also mandatory to clean bottles and all the ingredients and equipment used in the preparation. Preferably choose containers and tools that do not oxidize.
The liquor-making steps
Maceration is the most used technique when preparing homemade liqueur. Aromatic ingredients are soaked in alcohol for few weeks. Then add the syrup prepared with water and sugar. The mixture should stand for at least half a day before being filtered and bottled.
In some recipes, the ingredients are heated before being mixed. This method called “infusion” is assimilated to maceration.
To prepare plant-based liqueurs, one can use the brewing technique. This involves “filtering” the alcohol (in liquid or vapor form) through a layer of leaves or chopped fresh root.
And if you do not have the time and patience to wait for your liquor to age, Delices and Gourmandises catalog shows an assortment of fruity liqueurs (wood strawberry, quince, blueberry and blackberry) distilled and aged following the Alsatian tradition.