Yield: 1 Pint
|3||Inch piece stick cinnamon|
|1 tablespoon||Minced peeled fresh ginger|
|Few gratings nutmeg|
In a glass bottle or jar, steep the cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg in the vodka and brandy for about two weeks in a cool, dark place, gently shaking the bottle every day.
Gently pour the jar's contents through a regular strainer or sieve, pressing hard on the solids to release all of thier flavor. Follow this by 2 strainings through slightly dampened cheesecloth. For true clarity and professional looking results, pour the strained mixture through a large clean coffee filter placed inside a funnel or clean coffee cone; loosely cover with plastic wrap since the process may take several hours.
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Bring to a boil over moderately high heat. Simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.
Funnel the strained spice mixture into a glass bottle; then funnel in the sugar syrup. Cork tightly; shake to blend. Let mature at room temperature, or slightly cooler, for at least 1 week.
New Country Fare: Glorious Liqueurs Edited by Mary Aurea Morris ISBN: 0-9627403-1-4 Formatted by Carolyn Shaw 3-96..