Apricardamom – Homemade Apricot Cardamom Liqueur

by Renee on December 26, 2013

Apricardamom Homemade Apricot Cardamom Liqueur | Magnolia Days

Loved ones are gathering for a celebration. They are greeted with hugs and smiles as they arrive. The bar is set with an assortment of libations. You know it’s a special time when you see liqueurs line up next to the usual bottles of wine, liquor, and mixers. You glance at the flavors and see which catches your attention. You reach for the bottle without a label. What could it be? You learn it is Apricardamom, a homemade apricot cardamom liqueur.

Liqueurs come in a multitude of flavors. The spectrum includes fruity, spicy, floral, nutty, and creamy. The selection is so large it is hard to decide which one to try next. Some can be rather pricey too. However, what I discovered is many of them can be easily made and wind up less expensive than store-bought. Plus it is more fun to make your own. Imagine all the varieties and flavors.

Where to begin with making liqueur at home? A start would be getting the book Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss. A copy arrived at my door and I could not wait to dig in and check it out. There are so many tempting recipes in the book. It was difficult to decide which one to make first. However, Apricardamom stood out because I thoroughly enjoy the flavors of apricot and cardamom. I am glad I chose it as it is now one I will sip and also serve to my family and friends.

Apricardamom Homemade Apricot Cardamom Liqueur | Magnolia Days

The recipe book is well designed and informative. It has all the information you need to get started concocting your own special libations. It provides a foundation on which you can expand with your own variations. The photography is excellent and the recipes are easy to read. They are divided up into chapters on the type (fruit, vegetable, herb, nut, floral, etc.). I highly recommend it to every level of cocktail enthusiast from beginner to mixologist. You can purchase a copy on Amazon by clicking on the photo of the book (affiliate link):

Have you made your own liqueur? What did you make? Oh, and take a look at my apricot nut cake (just in case you like apricots). I also have a nice fizzy drink made with Apricardamom to share soon. Stay tuned…

Apricardamom – Homemade Apricot Cardamom Liqueur

15 minutes

Makes about 1 quart

Apricardamom – Homemade Apricot Cardamom Liqueur

  • 1 fifth (750ml / 3 1/4 cups) vodka (80-100 proof)
  • 15 dried apricot halves, finely chopped
  • 20 green cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 cup simple syrup

Muddle the vodka, apricots, and cardamom with a wooden spoon in a half-gallon jar. Stir to moisten everything.

Seal the jar and put it in a cool, dark cabinet until the liquid smells and tastes strongly of apricot and cardamom, 3 to 5 days.

Strain the mixture with a mesh strainer into a clean quart jar. Do not push on the solids to extract more liquid.

Stir in the simple syrup.

Seal and store in cool, dark cabinet. Use within 1 year.

Notes

*Time does not include the 3 to 5 days for flavor infusion.

Recipe ©copyright 2013 Andrew Schloss and used with permission by Storey Publishing.

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Disclosures: I receive a copy of Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits recipe book at no charge. I was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated or contained within a guest post. This post contains affiliate links.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes December 26, 2013 at 4:56 am

As as cardamom lover this is certainly an appealing homemade liqueur. And with dried apricots, so easily available too! Such a unique recipe Renee! I just love the idea of mixing homemade booze, something I used to think was impossible to do right at home.

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Renee December 28, 2013 at 10:49 am

I also thought making homemade liqueur was impossible until recently. Then to find out how easy it is. Wonderful!

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Terry December 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Thanks for the recipe…. I really like making my own liqueur. I’ve made Kahlua and Baileys to give as gifts.

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Renee December 28, 2013 at 10:48 am

You are welcome and both Kahlua and Baileys are on my to-make list.

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Carla December 26, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Oh this looks very intriguing! I enjoy apricots and cardamom but never had them together, especially in a liqueur.

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Renee December 28, 2013 at 10:48 am

I’ve used apricot and cardamom together in baking and it was why I had to try it as a liqueur. I’m so glad I did. It’s yummy.

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Stacy December 26, 2013 at 6:34 pm

These are ingredients I always have at my house, Renee, so I’ll definitely give it a try. We love apricots and cardamom!

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Renee December 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

Thanks Stacy and it was the same with me and those ingredients. I put it together in moments and just had to wait for it to infuse.

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Velva December 26, 2013 at 8:33 pm

This looks delightful. I had close to 400 Meyer lemons this season from my tree, and it inspired me to make my first Limoncello liqueur.
Apricot and cardamom is a beautiful flavor pairing-no doubt I would love it.

Happy holidays.

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Renee December 28, 2013 at 10:46 am

Wow! 400 meyer lemons had to be a fabulous harvest. It’s great it inspired you to make your first Limoncello liqueur.

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Liz December 27, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Apricot liqueur??? Sounds amazing!

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Renee December 28, 2013 at 10:46 am

It really is amazing with the cardamom flavor with the apricot too.

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Lora @cakeduchess December 28, 2013 at 11:50 am

I pinned these yesterday and knew it was your recipe…just love these photos, Renee! I bet this tastes delightful! Happy New Year,my dear friend.

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Angelica - russian recipes December 30, 2013 at 2:13 pm

i never heard about apricot liqueur, so i0m very interested about making it!:) thx a lot for your recipe!:)

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:53 pm

You are welcome Angelica

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