Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss – Item of the Day — 3 Comments

  1. Sounds good, but through my experience one can’t make anything decent with 80 proof stuff because any additions water-down the proof. Therefore, to make for instance cherry liqueur, you need to buy Everclear for thirty-some bucks a bottle. Vodka would be way too weak. I always wondered why cheap stuff like Everclear costs so much. Tax?

    • Well tune in today to learn first how to calculate final alcohol and how to adjust accordingly. As to everclear being “expensive” it is all the application.

      One can take everclear and water it down to say 130 proof as a starting point to end up with a liqueur of say 70 proof, and it is expensive. But one can take cheap 100 proof vodka and use everclear to bring it up to 130 before starting the infusion and it costs a lot less. Not to mention much of this stuff is generally about 40-60 proof if you buy it in a store and most recipes get you right in that range.

      Like me you probably like stuff a bit higher which is fine but there is no need to go blowing up your liver or something like that.