by 1 big bite on July 17, 2012
“You are like your mother!” Depending on your mum this could be a compliment or someone is asking for trouble. I like to say this to Mr. F then he shows his ‘gem sensitive’ side. I grew up eating sand in the sandbox as a baby and climbing on trees as soon I could reach the lower branch. Well that’s what he claims about himself, BUT sometimes he needs everything extra clean and that’s what he got from his mum. Though I get him when it comes to hotel bathrooms, you never know…
My mum on the other hand turns every fruit she gets into schnapps. She is well-known for her fruit infused vodkas and I have to admit it’s a family thing. I still remember one of my aunts birthday party, she served me a homemade liqueur for dessert and without knowing that, my uncle used to take a bedtime shot, for medical reasons of cause, and to cover his tracks he filled the bottle with something similar to Everclear (190 proof / 95%). I still don’t know what he was thinking but I was happy as I could be after one of these. So if you would tell me: you are like your mother, I would thank you and share a fruity schnapps with you.
Are you like your mother? Do you share bad or good habits, personality traits or nothing at all with your mum or family? Maybe you are just not aware about it. Are your kids trying to copy your spleens?
When it comes to fruit infused vodka I learned from a pro. I like to have some around in case of need, it makes a great gift and gets better with age. This is the time to stock up for the colder months, many fruits are in season and a huge selection is available at the farmers market.
cherry and cinnamon vodka
Make sure your fruits are not blemished, they can get bad during the infusion and ruin your liqueur.
Choose a vodka you would drink straight, not the cheapest one that burns your throat but don’t spoil on the expensive one, there is no need for that.
Don’t waste the cherries, they are great for boozy cakes or on ice cream.
300 g / 10 1/2 oz. cherries
200 g / 7 oz. amber rock sugar
1 cinnamon stick
700 ml / 3 cups vodka
Wash the cherries thoroughly, cut in half and remove the stone. Add everything to a bottle with a big mouth or a mason jar that holds one liter/ quart with a lid, shake well. Infuse for one to two weeks, then remove cherries and cinnamon stick. Keep in your refrigerator or at room temperature. You can let the vodka age for 2 or 3 months for a smoother flavor.
notes from my mum:
Add some cherry stones to the vodka infusion for more flavor. Do that if you skip the cinnamon stick.
The infusion time can be much longer, even a couple of more weeks.