Pomegranate Liqueur

Every year the same story: what to make with the pomegranate harvest? Jellies, of course. Guinea fowl, too, or some fresh fruit salad. What else? Then one day I stopped by this blog and found the recipe for pomegranate liqueur. Pomegranate liqueur? I had never realized that liqueurs could be made with pomegranates. Well, of course, they can be made with anything fruity from lemons to walnuts, so why not pomegranates? So I did a little research and I found this site where how to make pomegranate liqueur is explained. Preparation takes a long time (about 2 months) but all this waiting is really worth while, especially if you are looking for a refreshing drink for summer days.

Ingredients

3 pomegranates, seeds only
350 ml vodka
500 ml water
150 g sugar
1 cinnamon Stick

Preparation time: about an hour
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Makes about 700-800 ml

Deseed pomegranates, removing all the white pith (it’s very sour and would spoil the liqueur). Place the seed in a large container with a lid. Pour in the vodka. Seal the container and let it rest for 3-4 weeks in a cool and dry place.

After 3-4 weeks have passed, boil water with cinnamon and sugar for 10 minutes. When cool, add the sugary water to vodka and pomegranates seeds. Rest for further 3/4 weeks.

When the liqueur is ready, filter it to remove impurities.

Liquore alla Melagrana

Tutti gli anni la stessa storia: che fare con il raccolto delle melagrane? Gelatine, ovviamente. La faraona, anche, oppure un po’ di macedonia. E poi? Poi un giorno mi sono imbattuta in questo blog dove avevano postato la ricetta del liquore alla melagrana. Liquore alla melagrana? Non avevo mai pensato che si potesse fare il liquore con la melagrana, ma, del resto, si fanno liquori con qualunque frutto, dal limone alla noce; perché non la melagrana? Così ho fatto un po’ di ricerca e ho trovato questo sito dove è spiegato come fare a farlo. La preparazione è un po’ lunga perché ci vogliono circa 2 mesi prima che sia pronto, ma ne vale la pena, soprattutto se cercate una bevanda rilassante nelle giornate estive.

 Ingredienti

3 melagrane, solo i chicchi
350 ml di vodka
500 ml di acqua
150 g di zucchero
1 bastoncino di cannella

Tempo di preparazione: un’ora circa
Tempo di cottura: 10 minuti

Per circa 700-800 ml

Schiccare le melagrane, rimuovendo la pellicina bianca che è molto amara. Mettere i semi in un contenitore capiente con coperchio e versarvi la vodka. Chiudere e lasciar riposare per 3-4 settimane in un luogo fresco e asciutto. 

Dopo 3-4 settimane bollire l’acqua con lo zucchero e la cannella per 10 minuti. Una volta raffreddata, versare l’acqua nel contenitore con la vodka e i chicchi e lasciar riposare per altre 3-4 settimane.

Quando il liquore è pronto, filtrarlo per rimuovere le impurità.

 

18 comments
  1. thank you for stopping by my site and thank you for the link!😀

    • Rita said:

      Thanks for giving me the idea!!😛

  2. i wanted to make it myself so bad!!!!!! maybe next autumn😦 last year (2 months ago actually, god it sounds so weird to say “last year” when speaking about last month or last week!) i did’n have enough pomegranate😦 (or enough patience to wait! or enough alcohol😦 you know, i needed it for my ice cream, but if i had to use it to make ice cream, i should have prepared it much ealier)
    i’m envious of your liqueur🙂

    • Rita said:

      You’re so right about the “last year” thing!! Really weird… As for the liqueur, you really have to try next autumn! You’ll try this and I’ll try your ice cream!! It sounded so delicious!!! Then, I broke my leg and everything in the kitchen became more complicated… but this year I’ll make it!! The ice cream and the muffins!😉

  3. Looks so lovely and festive. It’s one of those drinks I could sip on while reading a book out in the garden.🙂

    • Rita said:

      Mmm… what a lovely image!! A sip of pomegranate liqueur while reading a book in the garden… I van’t wait for summer to come!!🙂

  4. YUM! Perfect use of pomegranates. The waiting is the hard part!

    • Rita said:

      Oh yes! It’s pretty hard (though sometimes you completely forget about it while waiting…), but all this waiting makes it all so special!😉

  5. I love to try this one out, but I guess I need to go to a holiday afterwards so I wont be tempted to drink that wonderful liquer!

    • Rita said:

      Ah ah… yes, it’s really tempting and you’re eager to have it ready at once!!🙂 Unfortunately, I can’t drink it because I’m breastfeeding my baby…😛

  6. Cindy said:

    It looks delicious and refreshing🙂

    • Rita said:

      Thanks! It would be perfect for a warm weather (it’s a shame it’s still so cold in this part of the world… :()

  7. Thats a fantastic recipe.
    They rest for so long to absorb the flavour but i guess that’s obvious. lol

    • Rita said:

      Thanks! I think trhe more they rest, the more tasty the liqueur become, just like limoncello (lemon liqueur…).

  8. Great idea Rita. I’ve been thinking about infusing vodka for some time now. I may have to try this out. It would make a great martini.

    • Rita said:

      Thanks you Michael!🙂 Martini? That’s a good idea!😉

  9. Yum! I like making my own infused vodkas. Never tried pomegranate, though. Looks good!

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