When harvest is abundant, Fruit liquors are a fun and tasty way to enjoy the extra fruit hanging around. In this article we’ll go over 5 easy steps in preparing fruit liquor with the fruit of your choice.
- Fresh Fruit
- Vodka or Tequila
Step 1 – Choosing the fruit
Pick a fruit that is fully ripe, full of juice, and can easily be packed into a jar without crushing. In this case, I’m using ripe plums from a forgotten bearer found during a favorite hike.
Step 2 – Rinse Well
Using cold fresh water, rinse off and pick away any sticks, leaves, or bugs.
Step 3 – Place in Jar & add sugar
Using a clean jar with a removable lid place the whole fruit inside, shaking and turning to fill in all the gaps. As you fill the jar with fruit add sugar. Place lid and set jar in warm sunny location.
Step 4 – Wait
This is perhaps the hardest part. The process of osmosis will take a few weeks to over a month as the sugar pulls the juice from the fruit. You’ll will know the process is complete once all the sugar has been dissolved into a juicy syrup.
Step 5 – Mix with Liquor
While straining out the fruit, pour the syrup into a clean, sealable container and pour in an equal amount of your favorite vodka or tequila. You now have a delicious fruit mixer especially great for sour mixed drinks! Of course you can keep it simple, just pour equal parts of the fruit liquor with equal parts grapefruit juice on ice & topped with a fresh lime squeeze. YUMMM!
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