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.
- 1⁄2 cup light brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup white sugar
- 2 1⁄4 cups apple juice or 2 1⁄4 cups apple cider
- 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon orange rind, dried
- 1 cup white brandy
- 1⁄2 cup vodka, 100 proof
- Bring brown sugar, white sugar and apple juice to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Add cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and orange peel.
- Boil for 4 minutes and remove from heat.
- Let stand until just warm.
- Transfer to a clean 1 qt aging vessel.
- Add vanilla, brandy and vodka.
- Cover tightly and let stand for 1-4 weeks.
- 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.
- Makes a great holiday gift.
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