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2016-01-30 16:53:23 Post No. 7324497
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As a big fan of liqueurs, I'm going to try to make some homemade fruit liqueurs today.
The plan is to use high ABV grain alcohol in orange zest for one batch, with thinly sliced, ripe peaches in another, and with berries in the third, which may be a combo of two berries, or just raspberries.
Orange liqueur--in the thread yesterday, there was some confusion about adding juice. One anon said to add compound syrup made partly from juice, but it wasn't exactly clear WHEN to add it--directly into the zest/grain alcohol the same day you add zest to the booze? Researching other recipes didn't tell me anything about juice. It seems fine not to add it at all, but want to consider it if it enhances the flavors.
Everything else seems pretty clear. I'm going to ripen the peaches as much as I can with brown bags, and I've read it's best to mash up berries a bit before you add them to the booze. Any thoughts on that?
Also--I've seen variations in wait times, but what's optimum? Leave the fruit in for 4 weeks, or is 2 just about as good? Then add the syrup and wait for another 2-4 weeks? What have you guys found are the best steeping/aging times? I guess it might vary on fruit type as well.