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    my bf and i made the flavored liqueurs last weekend. it was impossibly easy and fun.

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    how did you do it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muddymay

    The canning went well, that was what I was really worried about though.
    Thanks for all the ideas and help!
    I'm so glad it worked out!

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    we did three flavors, but the basic instructions are:
    1 c. sugar
    1 c. water
    1 c. vodka
    1 tsp. extract

    1. disolve the sugar into the [boiling] water (making a simple syrup).
    2. remove from heat. add a tsp of extract. [we did one vanilla and one mint].
    3. Then mix in the vodka [or you could use grain alcohol. or silver rum even]
    4. then taste! if it needs more alcohol or extract, then, you know, give it more.
    5. cool a bit.
    6. bottle.
    7. impress your friends.

    well. we havent technically done step seven yet. but it's totally in the bag.

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    That sounds really cool. What kind of bottles did you use? I mean, did you buy bottles to use, or just reuse bottles from something else?

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    Yet another question -
    do they need to be sealed a certain way?

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    Well, I sent bf to the winecraft store, where he bought a case [12] of cobalt 350mL riesling bottles. we got cobalt cuz the third flavor we made was coffee, and it's slightly light-reactive. So he was there and bought some synthetic corks with fancypants colored balls on top. the balls enable you to cork and [more-importantly] re-cork yourself, with no equipment. This is a big deal, cuz who drinks 350mL of liqueur at one sitting?

    also, Coke has out these retro 1885-style bottles, so i put some liqueurs into those for my roommate, who has a bottle-capper. So, he had some clean fresh bottle caps that i snatched, and if he only drinks half, he can re-cap himself.

    Technical stuff: you should really clean your bottles and funnels and corks and caps with hospital-grade [90% or higher] isopropyl alcohol. then rinse that alcohol out with barely not-boiling water. scald-your-hands hot. then, you know, let them dry then bottle. again, clean your funnel the same way.

    what else. you can re-use bottle caps if you clean them [um, and if you have a capper], but dont reuse corks. it's icky. and a bag of freshies is so so cheap.

    Um, the reason im such a know-it-all is that my dear roommate brews, bottles and sells mead. he's a stickler for cleanliness and so thats how ive been taught. it only makes sense. My thought is, if i spend the time to make a home-made gift, i want it to be perfect for the recipient.

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    Am so impressed. Really want to try this too. If you could give a guesstimate of how much it cost, what would you say?
    Sounds pretty inexpensive.

    Thanks for sharing! I am going to try it - at some point! If I can come across bottles and corks!

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    lets see.

    case of bottles - $14.00 but you can re-use bottles you have
    fresh corks - $5.00 for twenty? or something cheap like that.
    handle of cheapy-cheap vodka: $18.00
    bag o' sugar: $3.00? we already had some
    water: pretty much free.
    isopropyl alcohol: 99 for a pint
    funnel: $1.00 for a three-pack at Ace
    extracts: $2-$5 each, depending on what you get.
    [**make sure to get pure vanilla. the other stuff is made from tree bark. seriously.]

    So that makes 12 bottles at $47 so thats $3.92 a bottle. oh! my one-to-one-to-one recipe will not fill all these bottles. but this ingredient list will fill them all, i believe. Disclaimer: you may need more vodka, my memory is hazy on that point... wonder why.....

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    Thanks for the break down, I was especially curious how much the bottles would be.


 
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