Cinnamon spice liqueur - glorious liqueurs

Yield: 1 Pint

Measure Ingredient
3 Inch piece stick cinnamon
1 tablespoon Minced peeled fresh ginger
2 Whole cloves
Few gratings nutmeg
1 cup Vodka
½ cup Brandy
½ cup Sugar
¼ cup Water

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..

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