Wherein You Will Learn How To Duplicate
Famous Libations For A Fraction of the Cost!
D.I.Y. COINTREAU (Triple Sec)!
The fermenting and creating of “adult” beverages has a long and fascinating history. Almost all famous liqueurs began as… medicine! Making many of these items at home is not just fun, but quite cost effective. I shall inaugurate this page with a classic liqueur that is an essential ingredient in many popular cocktails, including the Cosmopolitan and the Margarita. I refer to COINTREAU, also known as Triple Sec. A small bottle of Cointreau will run you north of $20. And yet it is so simple to make at home. All you need is an orange, some sugar, vodka – the cheaper the better – and a little time!
2 cups vodka
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 medium orange
1) Pour the vodka into a 2-cup jar with a lid. I use a mason jar with Saran Wrap sealing the lid (see photo).
2) Peel and section the orange, then slice each of the orange sections in half lengthwise, and add them to the jar along with the sugar
3) Cover jar and shake until the sugar has dissolved.
4) Store the jar at room temperature for at least 2 weeks, then strain the orange slices and pulp from the liquid. Use as you would any commercial Triple Sec, in mixed drinks or just to savor and sip as an Apéritif.
THIS MAKES ONE PINT.
Want to REALLY save big? Make this with a nice Cognac and you will have a COCKTAIL ALCHEMY version of the famous GRAND MARNIER LIQUEUR!
Back in what I fondly recall as my gloriously misspent youth, an evening’s pub-crawl always ended for me with a hefty shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream. It provided a refreshing nightcap (the word, BTW, is a corruption of NIGHTCUP).
This simple recipe brings those nights back to me… sigh… at a fraction of the cost. The key word here is SIMPLE. I’ve seen truly wacky Irish Cream clones that call for useless ingredients like eggs, cocoa powder, half & half… and even butter! I guess we’re lucky that nobody has tried to include bacon fat (so far). Here you will see all the ingredients you need to make a luscious, rich concoction. HINT: Adjust the sugar and flavorings to your own taste.
1 12-ounce can of evaporated milk (regular or 2%)
1 cup Irish whiskey – I use an inexpensive blended whiskey such as Fleischman’s.
1/2 cup granulated sugar.
1 tablespoon chocolate syrup.
1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
1/2 teaspoon instant coffee.
Combine all ingredients.
Mix until sugar has thoroughly dissolved.
Pour into a container, cap it and keep in the refrigerator.
Shake well before serving.
Yields about 3 cups
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I know it borders on Cosplay, but I can never see The Godfather movies without sipping anisette. What can I tell you? It enhances the movie experience for me. Below, I will show you how to make your own anisette as good as any on the liquor store shelf but for a lot less money and… you can do it in under 5 minutes!
1/2 cup of hot, hot water… very hot.
2/3 cup granulated sugar.
1 cup 80-proof vodka.
1/4 teaspoon anise extract.
1) Dissolve sugar in the hot water.
2) Add vodka and anise extract.
Store in sealed bottle.
The World-Famous Liqueur For Lovers!
What’s that they say? The finest amaretto comes from only… where??? Well, if you follow these instructions “The Potion Of Love” can also come from… YOUR KITCHEN!
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup very hot water
1/2 cup corn syrup or simple syrup*
1 1/2 cups 80-proof vodka
1 tablespoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1) Combine the hot water and the sugars in a bowl. Stir until the sugars have dissolved. Now add the syrup and stir well.
2) Add the vodka and flavorings and stir again.
3) Store in a sealed container.
* DIY “Corn Syrup”
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
A Heavy Pot for boiling
Mix the ingredients in a heavy pot.
Bring the mixture to a slow boil. Avoid a rolling boil or it can get messy!
Reduce the heat to a simmer.
Let the mixture simmer over low heat until the mixture gets thick and syrupy.
This syrup should simmer for about 3 minutes.
Store in a glass jar – keeps well in your refrigerator.
USE IN PLACE OF CORN SYRUP.
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