Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How to Make Violet Liqueur

Violet liqueur, how decadent does that sound? I thought I would end violet month with a recipe for violet liqueur you can easily make at home using readily available ingredients. Well, mostly readily available. You might have to dig a little (pun intended) to find enough violets for your concoction.

via Chariot's Run - making violet syrup
Whilst searching for recipes, what I discovered is that making cordials and liqueurs can be about as individual as the person making them. This means that this is going to be, in part, an exercise in personal preference discovery but the final outcome has the potential to surprise and delight you.
Violet Liqueur Recipe: 
1 Cup Fresh Violet Blossoms
1  1/2 Cups Vodka
1/2 Cup Simple Syrup
Let your nose be your guide as to whether or not more violet flowers are needed
Wash and dry your flowers cutting off stems and leaves. Place the blossoms into a clean, sterilized mason jar and pour the vodka over them. Cap the jar and let steep for 2 - 3 weeks swishing the mixture around about every other day.

via Amazon UK
Strain the liquid through a strainer first to separate the flowers and then through a coffee filter to filter out any dirt or other particles.

Add the cooled simple syrup

Simple syrup is made by boiling sugar and water together. The water in the recipe can be adjusted according to the desired thickness as follows:
Thin Syrup: 3 Cups Water to 1 Cup Sugar
Medium Syrup: 2 Cups Water to 1 Cup Sugar
Thick Syrup:  1 Cup Water to 1 Cup Sugar
Read more about how to make simple syrup and how you can be creative with the addition of other flavorings. Vanilla might be an excellent choice to add to your violet liqueur. Your liqueur can be poured into a pretty bottle with a personalized label perfect for gift giving or use as a party favor. Enjoy!

Sources: Green Products Global Blog - violet liqueur recipe; What's Cooking America - simple syrup recipe

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