In between election polls, I sat wondering what to do with all of the lulavim I gathered this year. I always put a box out asking for etrogim to make etrog liqueur (recipe soon to come), but people always leaf their whole lulav. Now normally, the hadassim go straight to my spice jar, but I have been aching to find a way to introduce them to cocktails. I started using it as a floral garnish on some martinis, but since this was used for a mitzvah, I wanted to give the hadass more respect rather than have it tossed aside as an inedible garnish.
Then it hit me, BITTERS. Hadassim Bitters!
I have no clue if this will work, also, I may have never made bitters before. I saved up a bunch of hadassim so I hope to make several different batches. here is recipe number one
1.25 cups of bourbon: I used rebel yell
2 tbsp of hadassim: lightly toasted
1/2 tbsp of etrog zest: or lemon zest
1/2 tbsp of orange zest: Naval orange preferred
1 cinnamon stick: toasted
4 cloves: toasted
4 cardamon pods
3 star anise pods: toasted
1/2 tsp of nutmeg: i used ground nutmeg, next time I might toast whole nutmeg and then grate it in
Let all your toasted items cool. Place it all into a 16 oz mason jar. Shake and store in a cool dark area. Will let you know how it tastes in a week.
DIY Blueberry Liqueur Step 1
Ever since our community has chosen to go haywire over buggy strawberries, blueberries have been left alone. I hope it stays that way. The convenience of picking up a bag of frozen blueberries have made blueberry pie a beautiful staple.
But as pie season is coming to a close, there was an extra pound of frozen blueberries without a home. The setup here is for the infusion. After a month or so, it will need to be thickened. Normally, a simple sugar syrup will do, but the berries might already have enough sugar so I might just use a little glycerine. Tasting note follow ups soon to follow.
So grab some berries, vodka and an empty jelly jar and this recipe is as easy as…
16 oz of frozen blueberries =Blended, this is about 12 oz
12 oz of vodka- choose a creamier grain vodka
1/2 tbsp lemon zest = 1/2 lemon
1/2 tbsp orange zest = 1/2 naval orange
Blend the blueberries, add to the vodka and zest and place in a jar. This recipe can take on alot of different flavor profiles. Cloves, Cinnamon and other pie liek spices would go well. Gin would a be a nice citrusy touch. Whiskey or bourbon with blueberries is also a great match. This is a gift for someone who just likes blueberries, so I kept it simple.
Store in a cool area away from the sunlight. Start tasting after a week. I plan on letting this go for a month before I add the thickeners.