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Pomegranate Liqueur Recipes

Nalivkas (Fruit Liqueurs)

Pomegranate Liqueur 1

2 large pomegranates, pods only
1 1/2 cups vodka
3/4 cups sugar
3/8 cups water
1/2 peel, lemon, scraped
Remove pods from pomegranates. Throw away rind and pith. Press out all the juice with a good, sturdy press. Put the resulting juice and pulp in a 1-liter mason jar (any glass jar you can effectively seal works; I use Arc jars from France, and Fidenza jars from Italy). Prepare lemon peel, toss in jar. Add vodka. Seal jar. Steep two weeks (though I have left it as much as four with no ill effects), turning it over once a day. Strain and filter. Squeeze the pulp moderately hard, but realize that the harder you squeeze, the harder will be the job of filtering later on. It's a tough balance to make. Now, boil the sugar and water together. Let stand a moment to cool. Add syrup to mixture, and seal quickly. Age another month. Remove, filter again, bottle.
Pomegranate Liqueur 2
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups freshly squeezed pomegranate juice
Into an empty 1/2 gallon bottle (using a funnel if you like), pour sugar and pomegranate juice. Pour in enough vodka to fill the bottle. Store in a cool, dark place, shaking it up every 2 or 3 days, until it becomes quite clear, 8 to 12 weeks.

Nalivkas (Fruit Liqueurs)

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