I haven't cooked a proper breakfast in a while.
Bacon, Eggs, Tomato & Asparagus
I thought perhaps after a big breakfast I'd feel sleepy and need a nap. Nope.
Just as well, I needed to do the next step for my fruit liqueurs. You can read about how I started out here. They've been steeping for a month now and it's time to add the sugar syrup.
Now this is all new to me. My first attempt at making fruit liqueurs. I've done a bit of googling for different recipes to try to figure out how I'm going to do mine. That's how I learn to cook different things. I don't really follow one recipe...I find several until I'm happy enough to incorporate them all into one adapted recipe. Especially when not all the ingredients are available to me.
So, I started by making the sugar syrup. I melted white sugar and water in a pot in a 1:1 ratio. As soon as this was cool enough, I put it into the fridge to speed up the cooling process.
Next, time to strain the fruit out of the liqueurs.
I kept the original vodka bottles since they're sterile and I knew I'd be needing them to transfer the liqueurs into. I fitted a tea bag filter into a funnel to strain the liqueurs through.
|I began with the smallest jar - the passionfruit.|
|Here's where I'm trying a bit of an experiment. I filled up two bottles with kiwi liqueur. In one, I added sugar syrup. In the other, I added just the sugar. We shall see which method makes the better liqueur!|
The filter paper was clogging up too fast with the bits of fruit pulp, but I remembered that I had bought some muslin cloth from Kitchen Warehouse so I thought I'd try it. I cut a few small squares of it and it worked wonderfully! The great thing about it is that you can rinse all the pulp that it catches out, then reuse it.
|For the mango, I split the two mixtures, leaving the fruit in. I added the sugar syrup to both jars.|
|The lemon liqueur wasn't quite ready yet so I'll let that steep a little longer.|
|I also just added the sugar syrup to the raspberry liqueur with the fruit remaining in it. I didn't have enough jars to run parallel experiments, but there is going to be such alot of alcohol when it's all ready!|
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