Liqueur aux fleurs de cerisier

This liqueur has a very delicate floral aroma that is best when sipped cold.  It also works well as a flavoring for fritters or crepes.

 

 

Ingredients

1.5 quarts (looslely packed) cherry blossoms
1 bay leaf
2 cloves
8 allspice berries
4 whole coriander seeds
1 strip dried orange peel
1 liter vodka (I used Kettle One)

Preparation

  1. Pick over the cherry blossoms to remove any large stems or blossoms that are dried out. Put all the ingredients except the vodka, water and sugar in a 2 liter container. Add the vodka. Weight the blossoms so that they are completely submerged in the vodka. Cover the container tightly and put in a cool dark place for two weeks.
  2. Stain the vodka and discard the blossoms. Put the water and sugar in a saucepan, bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir well, then return to heat and bring to a boil again. Cool.
  3. Combine the cooled syrup and the strained vodka. Put into a clean bottle, cork and leave in a cool, dark place for two months to mellow.
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