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A fancy shot glass of homemade kiwi liquer. There is a sliced open kiwi behind it.
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Homemade Kiwi Liqueur

Liqueur making is a lot of fun, and can lead the creation - and enjoyment - of all kinds of liqueurs you can’t find in stores. Here’s my Kiwi Liqueur recipe.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting time9 d
Total Time9 d 20 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: cocktail
Servings: 24 servings - 6 cups
Calories: 149kcal
Author: Marie Porter

Ingredients

  • 3 cups decent quality vodka*
  • 6 Ripe kiwis
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 lemon, optional. ***

Instructions

  • Peel and chop kiwis into small pieces – at least 8 chunks per fruit. Place into one large clean Mason jar, or divide among 2 medium sized jars. Cover with vodka, cap the jar(s) tightly.Give the jar(s) a quick shake once a day or so for 2 weeks.
  • At the two week point, taste for doneness. If your infusion lacks flavor even after steeping for a couple of weeks,just add a bit more kiwi, and continue infusing until it’s just right!
  • Once desired flavor strength is achieved:
  • Strain spirit through a fine mesh strainer, discard the fruit, and make simple syrup.
  • Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Heat to boiling, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool before using.
  • Stir about 1 ½ cups of the syrup into the strained liqueur. Once fully combined, taste. Adjust ingredients for desired sweetness – I like doing a 1:1 ratio of syrup to infused vodka. Once you are happy with the sweetness, carefully pour your liqueur into a clean bottle.
  • After bottling, you should let it age for about a week in the fridge before drinking it – IF you have that kind of patience! Aging results in a smoother, more mellow flavor.

Notes

* With regards to the vodka, we go fairly cheap with it. For more robust flavors, any difference in quality of vodka – using more expensive brands – is totally lost. Save the upgrades in base vodka for more subtle liqueurs!
 

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg