Christmas

Quince Liqueur

November  2, 2021
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Photo by Nadia Hassani
Author Notes

Quince are one of the last fruits to ripen in the fall. This delectable liqueur needs to steep for 8 weeks so it is ready just in time for Christmas.
Nadia Hassani

  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • makes 3 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 pound cored and peeled quince, cut into small cubes
  • 1 organic lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1 bitter almond, chopped, or a few drops almond extract
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 2 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed
  • 1 whole clove
  • 3/4 cup raw cane sugar
  • 3 cups vodka, more as needed
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Directions
  1. Weigh the quince after coring and peeling them. Quince brown very quickly so while you prep them, have a bowl with cold water and lemon juice stand by and drop the peeled and cored pieces into it right away.
  2. Drain the quince well. In a large bowl mix all ingredients except vodka. Fill mixture in a 1-liter or 1-quart glass bottle or jar or and push down as much as you can (a pestle comes in handy).
  3. Let sit for a few hours, until quince have released their juice and are covered or almost covered with liquid.
  4. Add vodka to fill bottle to top and stir to combine. A skewer works well for this but you can also dump the entire content back in the bowl, stir to mix evenly, and return to bottle.
  5. Close with a tight-fitting lid and date the bottle. Store in a cool, dark place for 8 weeks.
  6. Strain through a colander and squeeze the fruit to extract the maximum liquid. Strain again, this time through a fine sieve or damp jelly bag.
  7. Fill liqueur in sterilized glass bottles and close with corks or cap.

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