One of my favourite things to do over the holidays is make my own liqueurs to enjoy and to give away to friends.
A number of people have asked for my recipes so I thought I would share them with everyone. I don’t know where I got the recipes; it’s been a long time since I first used them, and so I can’t give credit.
1 quart water
2 ½ cups granulated sugar
3 tablespoons instant coffee
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 ½ cups vodka
Bring water, sugar and coffee to a boil in a saucepan.
Simmer VERY slowly for 3 hours. Mixture will be very dark and syrupy.
Cool. Add vanilla and vodka.
Makes 7 cups.
Bailey’s Original Irish Cream
1 cup light cream
1 can (14oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 2/3 cups Irish whiskey
1 teaspoon instant coffee
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high for about 20 seconds.
Transfer to a clean bottle with a tightly fitting cap.
Store, refrigerated, and shake well before using.
1 pint light rum
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1 pint strong cold coffee
Mix well in a blender, serve immediately.
Eat, drink and be Merry.