Homemade Alcohol? Yes Please!

Homemade Alcohol? Yes Please!

Hey there!

I stumbled across a few simple recipes on homemade alcohol recently and decided to start playing around with making my own liqueurs from distilled booze, like vodka. My first attempt at it was making homemade Limoncello using vodka, sugar and lemons, of course. I used most of it in my Sassy Cassy Sangria.  We tried some of it straight and it was good; really sweet and really lemony (is that a word?), but still drinkable.

My next attempt at homemade alcohol is making orange liqueur, much like Grand Marnier; as well as a coffee liqueur, like Kahlua. This blog post will have the Limoncello and orange liqueur recipes and be broken into parts, since the liqueur needs to sit longer than the Limencello. Today will be part one (putting the ingredients together), then in 20 days I will post the next few steps – which will be adding another few ingredients and some processing. And when I post the next steps of the orange liqueur, I will post the coffee liqueur in the same post! Feel free to subscribe so you will be sure you won’t miss it! 😉

Here is the simple Limoncello recipe:

4 Day Limencello

8 – 10 Organic Lemons (or regular but washed really well)
1 cup sugar
1 cup vodka
1 cup water

If you buy regular lemons, wash them really well. You only use the peels for this recipe, so you will want the peels to be clean and pesticide free.
1) Peel the lemons with a vegetable peeler into a bowl – make sure you are only getting the yellow part of the peel; the white pith is bitter and won’t taste good at all.
2) Once you have peeled all your lemons, add the sugar to the bowl of peels, and mash everything around with a wooden spoon until the oils of the peels release. You will be able to tell because the sugar will start becoming wet and everything will glisten.
3) Put the lemon peel and sugar mixture into a glass container and add the vodka and water. Put the lid on and shake it really well.
4) Let it sit for about 4 days, shaking every day, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved, strain the peels out of the mixture using a colander. Put the strained mixture in the fridge and enjoy straight or add to a Sangria like the Sassy Cassy!

Homemade Alcohol
Organic Lemons
Homemade Alcohol
Peels and Lemons
Homemade Alcohol
Complete!

And now for the Orange Liqueur!

4 organic oranges
1 cup vodka
1 ½ cup brandy
1 cup sugar (¼ cup now, ¾ cup for part 2)
1 cup water
1 vanilla bean
4 whole cloves (this is for part 2)

Just like the Limoncello, if you use non-organic oranges, make sure you really scrub them well. You are only using the peels again, so you want them to be clean and pesticide free.
1) Peel the oranges with a vegetable peeler into a bowl – make sure you are only getting the orange part of the peel; the white pith is bitter and won’t taste good at all.
2) Once you have peeled your oranges, add ¼ cup of sugar to the bowl of peels, and mash everything around with a wooden spoon.
3) Put the peels and sugar mixture into a glass jar. Scrape your vanilla bean so the insides come out. I found out how to do this at this site here. Real easy!
4) Add in the vodka and brandy and give it a good shake.
5) Let sit and come back to my site in 20 days to find out what’s next! Or better yet, subscribe, and the post will be delivered right to your email! 😉

Homemade Alcohol
Ingredients!
Homemade Alcohol
The Peels
Homemade Alcohol
Wait 20 days

So far, homemade alcohol is pretty easy to make, as long as you don’t mind waiting! I am looking forward to this orange liqueur during camping season! Sipping on a liqueur around the campfire is awesome, not to mention the traditional of having shots at camping! B52 anyone?
Oh and did anyone notice; it’s 6 weeks until May Long!! There will be some camping food posts coming up in May to kick-off the camping season! I also have a good friend who is blogging right now about camping with the kids and providing some awesome product reviews!

Do you like liqueur? Have you tried making your own?  Are you looking forward to camping season!?

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