Almond Liqueur
Author: Chief Mixologist
A finely made almond liqueur is one of the great treasures of the bar, adding a smooth quality to mixed drinks or providing a soothing, relaxing after dinner drink on its own.
  • 1 pound almonds, shelled
  • 2 Cups vodka
  • 1/2 vanilla beans
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon glycerin
  1. Coarsely chop the almonds by hand or in a food processor (a blender will chop them too fine). This should yield 1 1/3 to 1 1/2 Cups chopped nuts.
  2. Combine the nuts, vodka, and vanilla bean in a 1 quart Mason jar. Seal the jar, shake to mix, and set it aside in a cool, dark place for at least 10 days.
  3. Strain the liquor through a fine sieve into a 4 cup glass measuring cup and discard the residue in the sieve. Rinse the sieve and the Mason jar thoroughly. Fit the sieve with a damp coffee filter and strain the flavored vodka back into the jar. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan.
  4. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  5. Continue to boil for 2 minutes, until a clear syrup forms. Remove the pan from the heat and cool to room temp.
  6. When the syrup is cool, add it to the Mason jar. Add the vanilla and glycerin. Seal the jar and shake it gently to blend. The liqueur can be transferred to a decanter.
Calories: 415 Fat: 16g Protein: 6g
The almond Liqueur should be ready to drink in 2 to 3 days and has a shelf life of 2 to 3 weeks. Per serving (excluding unknown items): 415 Calories; 16g Fat (55% calories from fat); 6g Protein; 23g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 5mg Sodium
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