Cookbooks: Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits

February 22, 2014

Homemade Liqueurs

Despite the fact that I don’t drink a whole lot, I love making little batches of infused booze. They make really great gifts and are always hugely popular at food swaps. My repertoire is fairly narrow, most years featuring just cherry bounce, rhubarb liqueur, and honey sweetened limoncello.

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This season, it’s going to be different. Thanks to Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss, I plan on significantly upping my game. The book includes both a vast amount of interesting flavored concoctions as well a goodly number of recipes to help you use them up.

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The book breaks down into three main sections. The first is all the information you need to get started. Next comes the recipes, which are divided into fruits, vegetables, herbs & spices, nuts & seeds, florals, beverages & chocolate, creamy sippers, caramel & butterscotch, and finally infused syrups. Truly, there’s something here for every possible boozy situation.

Homemade Liqueurs back

The thing that I find most useful in this book is that if a recipe is designed to mimic the flavor of a commercial liqueur, that detail is indicated prominently under the recipe name. That way, if you long to make your own Frangelico, just turn to page 138 and start a batch of Toasted Hazelnut. It’s a good way to start playing around if you make liqueurs that can replace what you typically keep in your liquor cabinet.

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6 thoughts on "Cookbooks: Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits"

  • This looks like a fabulous book. I just requested a copy from the library to check it out in person to see if it has a recipe for lime liqueur. I had a fabulous hard limeade at a restaurant in Denver in November and I am still dreaming about recreating it at home.

  • I made 3 liqueurs last year, and one was a recipe of yours! I just don’t remember right now which one it was, but we were delighted with all of them. I made a cherry heering (yes, the spelling is correct!), coffee liqueur that mimics Kahlua, and one that mimics amaretto. That was so successful that I moved on to making a couple of extracts – vanilla, and orange – which are both incredibly simple and delicious. You’ve given me a braver spirit, Marisa! Thank you!