Have you ever bought whisky only to taste it and find it is awful? Don’t throw it away – save money like Nowcado (get it now for Android or iOS) helps you do by making it into your own bespoke whisky liqueur! Here’s how:
- Find flavors you will want to use with your liqueur, such as 1/2 a vanilla pod, cinnamon sticks, cloves, black peppers, coriander, lemon rinds, sage, rosewater, or homemade caramel (e.g. sugar+water heated over a burner until it turns dark, then cooled with cold water to make it syrupy – this also makes your liqueur darker).
- Divide up the bottle in to separate containers and mix them with these ingredients. Note: Rosewater is special and shouldn’t be mixed here. Let these sit for 3 days to absorb the flavors.
- Add each jar (and rosewater, if applicable) to a pitcher a little bit at a time, constantly smelling as you go, until you get the combination of flavors you are looking for. Be sure to only pour the liquid, or else you will have to fish out the solid ingredients later.
- Add some sweetness to your mix – 2 tsp of maple syrup or agave syrup works well. Don’t oversweeten!
- Smell it one last time, and adjust the flavors as you see fit.
- If you have any flavored whiskey left over at the end of this process, you can use it for future liqueurs or for cooking. If you oversweetened or overflavored in any way, just add a bit more whisky and you can save it.
- Finally, put your mix in to a sealed bottle or decanter and let the flavors meld for about two months.
The process will take some time, but it can be a lot of fun and teaches you about mixing flavors which will help you with future drink and cooking recipes.