I know I've blogged about this before but I think it deserves repeating, besides "'tis the season." :) It's my apricot brandy recipe but you can use fruit of any kind. I've done it with crab apples, blackberries, and cherries as well as apricots. My favourite is apricot, with crab apple running a close second. I wasn't too keen on blackberries but I had some neighbours who cleaned it right up! Gee I wonder if I could use up zucchini this way?? LOL
Here's what ya do:
Get a GLASSgallon jar. I buy them for a dollar a piece at a local restaurant in town so I don't have to buy huge jars of pickles :) Fill it with apricots or whatever fruit you have. Don't pit them.
Add three cups of granulated sugar.
Looks like snow!
Here comes a 26 ounce bottle of vodka, the cheapest you can buy, nothing fancy here.
Write the date on a piece of masking tape. If it's an odd day put "up on odd" an even day; "up on even." You flip the jar every day for three months and the tape will let you know if you've flipped it on any given day, unless you forget about it for two days! Don't stick it away in your cupboard or you'll forget about it. Place it on your counter and for the first few days keep it inside an ice cream bucket in case of leaks. If it does leak, open the jar, dump the liquid back in, place a square of plastic wrap between the jar and the lid. Other than doing this, try not to open the jar for the full three months. **After three months strain through a jelly bag or pillow case overnight, if you want it really clear then strain again through coffee filters.** See note below for a better way to strain! I bottle it into small mickey bottles and tuck into Christmas baskets. Enjoy :)
Three months later UPDATE: For easy Brita straining instructions click here.