Total Time
720hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 720 hrs

Based on a recipe from Sir Hugh Plat's "Delightes for Ladies" (1609), although he wouldn't have used vanilla or allspice, which are both New World foods and not commonly found in Europe until after 1750.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Bring brown sugar, white sugar and apple juice to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and orange peel.
  3. Boil for 4 minutes and remove from heat.
  4. Let stand until just warm.
  5. Transfer to a clean 1 qt aging vessel.
  6. Add vanilla, brandy and vodka.
  7. Cover tightly and let stand for 1-4 weeks.
  8. Filter through paper towels or coffee filters (you'll get a clearer product with coffee filters, but it's a lot slower), then pour into tight-sealing, pretty bottles.
  9. Makes a great holiday gift.
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wonderful!!!! I will try to make it a little less sweet next time, & I only made a double batch - next time I will make much, much more..... My friends will love this gift