Chocolate & Chilli Liqueur

As an aside, you may think that your Chocolate & Chilli Extract is just going to sit on in the kitchen cupboard gathering dust. Why not create a Chocolate & Chilli Liqueur instead? Follow the recipe as for the extract but also add 70g of white sugar (or more, to taste) I’m planning to use…

Cranberry Punch

Of course if you’re the one driving, or perhaps just a little underage for the alcoholic cocktails, an Earswick Donkey probably isn’t for you. This Cranberry Punch goes down well as an alternative Serves Plenty Ingredients 200ml Cranberry Juice 500ml Orange Juice 600ml Sparkling Apple Juice, such as Appletise 1 Lime, thinly sliced 1 Satsuma,…

Earswick Donkey

So if you’ve followed my recipes for plum & slow gins & liqueurs, you’ll have been drinking this seasons for a few weeks now. You’ve probably given the odd bottle away as a present, maybe served up liqueurs after dinner, but what to do with the rest? Cocktails! My Earswick Donkey is a festive take…

Poinsettia

A wonderful festive fizz with sharp citrussy fruit, best served with a dry sparkling wine (or Champagne, if you’re really trying to impress…) Ingredients 500ml Cranberry Juice 125ml Cointreau 1 bottle dry champagne style sparkling wine, well chilled  Fresh raspberries to decorate Method Mix the cointreau and cranberry juice in a jug and keep in…

Raspberry Truffle

Make the most of that freshly brewed Chocolate Vodka and serve up a Raspberry Truffle – this really emphasises the heady aromas of true dark chocolate.  Using a sweeter wine takes the bitter edge off. Ingredients 30ml Chocolate Vodka per glass 1 bottle Cava, or sweeter style sparkling wine, well chilled Method Pour the chocolate…

Chocolate Vodka

A wonderful chocolate liqueur which you can make yourself in just a few days!  Perfect for a romantic cocktail or a festive celebration.  Try it in a Raspberry Truffle! Cocoa Nibs are the crushed, shelled cocoa beans used in the making of chocolate.  They are becoming easier to get hold of – I got my…

Sloe Gin & Sloe Vodka

At last!  After searching for a couple of years, I have a source of great quality sloes.  Last year I was disappointed because my quest had failed, and I had to resort to producing batches of Plum Gin & Plum Vodka instead.  I shouldn’t have been concerned – this turned out to be a great…

Limoncello, with a twist! Arancello and Limettacello

I hope you tried my Limoncello recipe over the summer – it’s sooo simple, takes only a few weeks to turn around (unlike the months that many of my liqueur recipes take) and is absolutely wonderful!  What’s more, it’s a digestif, so must be good for you (I know, that’s really hard to believe when…

Blackberry Gin

The experiment to produce a range of fresh fruit liqueurs continues with this hedgerow extravaganza! Following the same principles as the Raspberry Gin recipe, this uses blackberries picked straight from the hedgerow (or failing that, straight from the supermarket) in September, giving a great tipple ready for drinking just in time for Christmas! The full…

Plum Liqueur & Plum Gin

I’ve been looking out for sloes all season with the anticipation of turning out a batch of Sloe Gin, but just haven’t discovered any.  What I do have in bucket loads are plums (- when we moved into the house we must have taken down 2 dozen self-set plum trees and left the 2 most…

Red Currant Vodka – Revisited

The original Redcurrant liqueur was disappointing – it was sickly sweet and the flavour of the currants just didn’t come through.  However, it was a great colour and as I have a surplus of red currants every year, I wanted to give it another go. This time I wanted to concentrate up the flavour, and…

Elderberry Gin – Revisited

Not long ago I detailed my experimental plan to create a batch of Elderberry Gin.  After 5 weeks, the spirit has taken on the colour of an amazing Australian Shiraz, with the distinct elderberry aroma. The berries were strained through layers of muslin and disposed of (the berries that is, not the muslin, however it’s…

Elderberry Gin

Yes, I’m off again.  A hedge full of elderberries, busily being stripped by the birds, but this year I’m having my share too.  Elderberries, like Rowan, come with their own element of risk.  This time – cyanide poisoning.  Well, I like to live on the edge, but this time I’m taking some precautions.  The risk…

Limoncello

I’ve had this in mind for some time, but not got around to experimenting.  I did brew up a batch of Lemon Gin at the end of last year, and that’s busy maturing in the boot of the car, but won’t be ready before the end of 2012 so I was keen to try something…

Raspberry Gin

I’m sorry – this seems like a blatant rip-off of the Raspberry Gin recipe which is held is such high regard on The Cottage Smallholder site.  But hopefully you’ll forgive me, and see that imitation is really the sincerest form of flattery.  I mean, can you really improve on perfection?  Well, the only modification I’ve…

Rhubarb, Ginger & Orange Liqueur

I was so pleased with the success of my fruit liqueur experiment at the end of last year that I was keen to try out alternatives throughout the season.  First up this year was the Rhubarb harvest.  Perhaps not the first  candidate to sprint to mind, but I was quickly reminded by the success of…

Fruit Liqueurs – The Experiment

It was a chance visit to Demijohn for a few indulgent Christmas stocking fillers that got me thinking, "How hard can it be to make your own fruit liqueurs?"  After all, I’d conquered the Ginger Beer, made various other brews in the past, it really shouldn’t be too difficult should it? After downing a  bottle…

Ginger Beer

As with years past, the pressures of work, priorities in the garden and the need to improve my golf handicap have taken me away from my recipes in the summer months.  However, the Bank Holiday weekend is upon us and as there are no more Olympics to watch on the TV, I’m feeling in an…