Buying fancy drinks to accompany holiday festivities can put a real dent in your wallet, but there are many that you can make yourself for a fraction of the cost, and they make wonderful gifts as well!
The added bonus to making your own liqueurs is that they can be made with local and organic ingredients. So rather than getting Irish Cream that was shipped all the way from Ireland, or Limoncello from Italy, I make them myself using Canadian whiskey and vodka, and as many other local ingredients as possible.
This Irish Cream was a favorite of my grandmother’s, so I always made sure I had some on hand when she was here for Christmas. It’s rich and creamy and tastes remarkably like the real thing.The recipe comes from a book that was given to me by a former employer as I was leaving to go off to university (I made soups, sandwiches, and did general baking in their small deli). The book was written by a woman who lived not far from where we were in the Kootenays, and it’s filled with many delicious recipes, including several other liqueurs.
Irish Cream (from Doorway to Creative Cuisine by Nila Hoolaeff):
- 1 cup rye whiskey
- 3 tsp. instant coffee
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup milk
pinch of cinnamon
Blend in blender. Store in refrigerator (makes just over 1 litre/quart). I’m also trying my hand at a batch of homemade Limoncello, but it won’t be ready for a little while yet. The recipe that I’m using can be found here.
Click here to see the yummy caramels the kids and I made yesterday.Happy winter solstice!