Monday, December 8, 2014

Hazelnut Liqueur

Hazelnut Liqueur

6 oz. hazelnuts                          
1 vanilla bean (1 inch)
pinch of allspice                         
1½ c. vodka
1/3  c. sugar syrup

Chop the hazelnuts (releases the flavor of the nut) and add to vodka, vanilla bean, and allspice.  Age for two weeks, shaking occasionally (lightly).  Strain and filter until clear.  Add sugar syrup, if desired, and age for three additional weeks.  Ready to serve.  Makes a nice gift during the holidays and is excellent over ice cream as well as an apertif.  Yield: one pint

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