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- 2880hrs 10mins
- 1 lb fresh raspberry
- 3 cups good quality vodka (80 proof)
- 1 1⁄4 cups fine sugar
- Rinse the berries & cut into small pieces or mash with a fork. Place in a container, add vodka.
- Cap and store in a cool, dark place, stir once a week for 2 - 4 weeks.
- Strain & transfer the unsweetened liqueur to an ageing container (glass bottle or container with tight cap).
- Add the sugar, recap & let mellow for at least 3 months.
- Pour to a new bottle. Add more sugar if necessary.
If your homemade raspberry liqueur doesn't taste quite like the commercial product straight up, it's because Chambord is made with black raspberries, not red or purple caps, which give it a deeper, mellower flavor. Unfortunately, I don't have any black caps, but I do have lots of purple raspberries and I'm making a batch from them this afternoon using your proportions of berries:sugar:vodka. Also, commercial liqueurs often are made with citrus zest and whole spices or herbs, which are removed when the aged mixture is strained or filtered to remove the seeds and pulp. I think Chambord tastes a little orangey, so I suggest adding a strip of orange peel (zest only) and/or several whole coriander seeds. A clove or 2 or 3 allspice would give it a subtle spiciness.
I just finished soaking the raspberries. I strained them through a screen sieve but felt like I was leaving a lot of juice behind. I put the dregs in a thin cotton cloth, wrapped it up and squeezed the remaining juice from the berries. I got a lot! It would be tragic to leave all that deliciousness behind. After the 3 month rest, if the liqueur does not have good clarity, I I'll pour it through the cloth again. I've found cheesecloth has too open a weave and coffee filters get silted up.
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