Today is kind of restful.
The gifts were wrapped days ago. Nothing on the calendar for today. We got to sleep in.
Lovely days like this, I actually made breakfast!
Seriously, I am in my bathrobe and decided today was good for bottling the Lavender Liqueur that has been steeping in the guest room (the coldest room in the house).
So, I brought the beautiful liqueur from there and got out the funnel and the bottles I had prepared...
50 lavender heads
2 cups (400g) superfine sugar
3 1/8 cups (750ml) vodka
Put lavender heads, sugar, and vodka into a large, sterilized jar. Seal the jar and give it a good shake.
Store in a cool dark place for 3 months, giving it a shake once a week.
Strain the liquid through a piece of fine muslin or cheesecloth. Pour into sterilized bottles and cork. Although it will be ready for drinking immediately, it will improve with age.
Now that is the recipe I started with.
Cruising through the internet I have found variations to it. One said, if you are using dried lavender (which I admit I was) strain when the liquor has taken on a good color. It did that in two weeks, so I strained it. I have bottled it to let it ferment in the bottle for at least two more months.....
The book I used, Making Wines Liqueurs & Cordials, by Beshlie Grimes, was a gift a couple of Christmas's ago. How perfect to try some out.
However, my friend and I are following an Italian recipe for Lemoncello, but using limes instead. So far we have bottled that and I have to say, it is amazing. The difference here? The lime rinds steeped in Everclear for two weeks, then we strained and added a sugar syrup and they have to sit for 6 months before testing. They smell divine!
Am I a big drinker?
Nah, just a person who is looking to use all of our harvest.
Remember how I made jam and marmalades? Yeah, this is just more of the same.
Have I tried any? Nah....I can wait. I just think it is nice to be able to use everything in more than one way.
So as I clean up around the house today getting ready for Christmas Eve, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and hopefully a bountiful New Year at home and in the Garden!