A little homemade surprise for Christmas: a bottle of homemade Christmas liqueur is a wonderful gift for friends, family, neighbours and whoever else you want to give a little joy for the holidays.
I don’t know about you, but I am always happy when I can give something at Christmas not only to the closest family members and friends, but also have a small Christmas gift for more friends, the nice neighbours and possible surprise visits. Maybe I got this from my mother, who prepares little bags with a compilation of her home-made Christmas biscuits for such cases.
I tried something different this year: my first home-made Christmas liqueur!
Einen Likör selber anzusetzen ist eigentlich denkbar einfach: man legt die gewünschten Geschmacksträger in klaren, möglichst geschmacksneutralen Schnaps in einem großen Einweckglas ein, setzt ordentlich Zucker hinzu und wartet 4-6 Wochen. Then the liqueur just has to be poured through a sieve and the treat is ready! A good friend recommended that I use Doppelkorn as the alcohol. He has already made excellent raspberry, strawberry and even walnut liqueur with it himself, as I know from my own experience. 🙂
Since I wanted to make a Christmas liqueur as a surprise for my friends, I first did a bit of brainstorming about what ingredients go into it and came up with the above list of Christmas-typical spices and fruits, which you can of course vary to your heart’s content. I simply peeled the apples and cut them into small pieces.
It is important, however, to have enough sugar, although you can also use brown cane sugar instead of rock candy. And once a day, you should shake the jar or jars in which you have prepared the Christmas liqueur well so that everything is well distributed.
Here is a set of 4 large preserving jars a 720 ml on amazon:
Basically, when you are satisfied with the taste. Logically, the longer the liqueur infuses, the more flavour it will have and the milder it will be because the sharpness of the double grain will be masked. I would take a test sip for the first time after 4 weeks and then decide how long it needs to infuse. When the Christmas liqueur is ready, all you have to do is fill it into nice little bottles and stick homemade labels on them and decorate them for Christmas. Then add a nice bow and your homemade Christmas surprises are ready! 🙂
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