LUISA’S APRICOT KERNEL TONIC & LIQUEUR
Apricot kernels are high in iron, potassium and phosphorus, and one of the best sources of vitamin B17. They help to maintain general health and well-being, hence they will strengthen your ability to resist infections like colds and flu.
1 Litre of Brandy or similar spirit (in Crete we use Raki) – a alcohol free alternative would be to use Glycerine
Five big handfuls of dried apricot kernels
10 Cinnamon quills broken up
Handful of cloves
1 Kg of raw sugar
A 2-3 litre glass jar
Place the alcohol into a clean glass jar
Add the sugar and shake vigorously.
Wash the apricot kernels thoroughly to make sure there is no leftover dust or bugs.
Break up the half the apricot kernels with a rock or other hard implement, place in the jar. I have thought and thought about why this is the case that you don’t open them all – but Luisa said that is what she has done forever so I’m going to trust her on that.
Add the rest of the kernels whole in the jar.
Add the broken up cinnamon quills and cloves.
Tighten the lid and shake vigorously.
Leave the jar in a sunny spot for 40 days.
Shake the jar each day to make sure the sugar dissolves.
After at least 40 days drain the liquid (into a clean glass pot or stainless steel pot) through a cheese cloth or cotton tea towel.
Place the syrup into clean bottles (preferably amber) and store in a cupboard.
Use a tablespoon of the liquid each say as an energy tonic or enjoy a small glass as a liqueur – like having a port after dinner.
Enjoy the boost!