I'm calling it Moonshine Monday because it's a joke around our house that our broom closet is really The Moonshine Closet. On any given day one can open the door and find jar after jar of colorful liqueurs in varying stages of development.
I hope to cover a different aspect of homemade liqueurs and cordials every Monday this month. This is my first offering and it's meant to give you an idea of the sorts of hardware you need if you're going to try your hand at crafting flavored booze and the like.
If you click on the photo, it'll take you to my Flickr page, where there are little notes magically hovering over and explaining each item in this photo. You don't need everything shown here nor do you need as much. Basically, you need:
- aging containers - I use half-gallon mason jars
- strainers like a fine wire mesh strainer, cheesecloth or paper coffee filters
- a few miscellaneous items that make things easier and you probably already have, like: wood spoon with long handle, measuring cups, measuring spoons, funnel, paper and tape for making labels, and a cool dark place for the magic to happen
If you are interested in getting into liqueur-crafting, I'd also recommend you get a book or two with techniques and proven recipes. Also, if you are going to give your liqueurs as gifts, I'd suggest you get a length of refrigerator tubing to siphon your liqueurs so they have a crisp, clean, sediment-free look to them when they are finished.
Making liqueurs and cordials is really fun and exceptionally easy. I bring a bottle of my yuletide liqueur to a holiday party I attend every year as an offering to the cut-throat gift exchange game. You know, the one where participants draw numbers to "steal" gifts from each other. My liqueurs alway create a stir. It's great fun.
More to come on this! Woohoo ... Moonshine Mondays!