- Pomegranate 2
- Pure alcohol at 95° 300 ml (⅓ cup)
- Sugar 300 grams (1 cup and ½) • 470 kcal
- Water 250 ml (1 cup)
The pomegranate liqueur is a simple preparation with an aromatic but delicate flavor, ideal to serve as a delicious digestive after meals. Its pinkish color, tending to red, makes it perfect also as a gift idea for Christmas, to delight relatives and friends. Preparing this liqueur is easy, it only requires patience, especially to extract all the grains from the pomegranate and because you have to wait about a month before tasting it. But let’s see all the steps to make your homemade pomegranate liqueur, so as to savor the taste of this delicious autumn fruit throughout the winter.
How to make pomegranate liqueur
Cut the pomegranates in two, remove the top cap and divide them into 4 parts. Shell them and, once you have extracted all the grains, put them in a jar and cover them with alcohol. Seal tightly and leave to infuse for 10 days in a cool, dark place, shaking the container at least once a day. After the necessary time, strain the alcohol into a bowl and mash the grains with a potato masher, so as to keep the juice. Prepare the syrup by dissolving the sugar with the water in a saucepan. Once ready, let it cool, add it to the alcoholic part and mix. Transfer the liqueur into the previously washed and dried bottles, using a funnel. Close them and let them rest for about a month, before enjoying it.
Tips for homemade pomegranate liqueur
Shell the fruit well, avoiding the white skin that could give a bitter taste to the liqueur.
You can flavor the pomegranate liqueur by adding a cinnamon stick, 2-3 cloves, lemon zest or a piece of ginger during the infusion phase, which will give the drink a more spicy flavor. Also, if you want to give the liqueur a stronger flavor, you can replace the white sugar with brown sugar. If you want to obtain a more intense red color, you can also add the juice of ½ pomegranate, previously squeezed or passed in the centrifuge, to the alcohol and to the grains.
In the autumn period you can also prepare the myrtle liqueur, made with the berries of the myrtle.
How to store pomegranate liqueur
You can store the pomegranate liqueur in the pantry or in the refrigerator in the resting phase of about 1 month; it is excellent served cold. Once opened, keep it in the refrigerator.