Published Friday, July 10, 2020

Let's get booze

By Melissa Pette

I don't have enough words to thank all those nice comments from readers. It means a lot to me. I really do appreciate it so much.

Now, it is time to get some booze. Some of us enjoyed a drink while contemplating the beautiful evening rains at home.

Moderate alcohol consumption may provide some health benefits, such as "reducing your risk of developing and dying of heart disease, possibly reducing your risk of ischemic stroke, and possibly reducing your risk of diabetes." I did not say that. Take a look at the Mayo Clinic site.

However, even moderate alcohol use isn't risk-free. For example, even light drinkers (those who have no more than one drink a day) have a tiny, but increased risk of some cancers, such as esophageal cancer. And drinking and driving is never a good idea. Yep, that was also copied from the Mayo site again.

Always thinking of moderate use of alcohol, I invite you to prepare these delicious spirits at home.

We start with the recipe that Brooklyn Wyatt shared with us from Quebec, Canada. She says this liquor has been prepared by her family since her childhood to put smiling faces to the freezing winter.

Coffee liquor
By Brooklyn Wyatt,
Quebec, Canada

This homemade coffee liquor you can drink or use as an ingredient for baking. It is traditional in my family to make homemade liqueurs to survive the glacial Quebec winter.

The ingredients are:

• 1/2 liter of an old rum, brown or golden.

• 5 cups of water equal a little more than 1 liter

• 3 ounces dark chocolate

• 1/2 cup of freshly brewed aromatic coffee. Decaffeinated works. 

• 450 grams of sugar

• A scoop of vanilla extract

• 1 and 1/2 litter size glass bottle to preserve the liquor

In a saucepan over high heat, put the water and sugar. Stir until it is mixed. Add the chocolate, continue stirring until it melts.

Turn off the heat and add the coffee that we had previously prepared. Continue stirring.

Add the rum and vanilla and mix all the ingredients until cool.

When it gets cold, try it. If you notice that it is somewhat bitter, add a little more sugar.

You can substitute the sugar for Stevia but the flavor of the liquor is not the same.

Pour the liquor into a glass bottle and let it rest for at least 15 days, in a cool place (not humid) before drinking.

ΐ votre santι!

Naranja liquor

I did jams and liqueur courses a long time ago thinking about starting a small company, but from that experience, I only had my recipes. Here is a wonderful recipe on how to make a naranjas liqueur. So delicious!

The ingredients are:

• 10 sweet naranjas (oranges)

• 1/2 kilo of sugar

• 1 liter water

• 1 liter of white rum

• 1 tablespoon of cinnamon

• 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Peel the oranges and leave the fruit peels without white skin.

In a large glass jar of at least 1.5 liters, add the oranges, rum, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix and leave covered for 10 days. Yes, 10 days! Every day, you must mix the liquor at least once. Use a wooden spoon.

Do not forget to mix every day because the flavor of the liquor depends on it! 10 days later..... Remove the oranges, crush them hard until you extract all the juice you can. Filter the liquor into a pot. Filter using a fabric, it’s better.

In a large saucepan, add the water and sugar. At high temperature, mix until you prepare syrup. Turn off the heat, but don't remove the pot. Add the previously filtered liquor and mix for 5 minutes.

Let it cool and pour the liquor into the glass bottle. Store the liquor in a dry place for 7 days before drinking.

You can serve the liquor pure or on the rocks. Share this naranjas liquor with the adults-only of your social bubble. They will love it!

Rompope Tico

Ticos call this libation Rompope. But, we have the memories of sipping eggnog at Christmas. When you move to another country, one of the things you miss most is family. We are not going to wait for Navidad to prepare this delicious homemade Rompope Tico.

Ingredients needed:

•1 liter of milk. I don't recommend fat-free milk, but you can use it if you like.

•1 cup of white sugar

•1 teaspoon of baking soda

•1 tablespoon of cinnamon

•2 dried cloves. These can be found in small packages in any supermarket or pulperia. Take a look at the image.

•12 egg yolks. Just the yolks.

•1 teaspoon of nutmeg powder

•1 teaspoon of vanilla

•1/2 cup of rum or brandy

Mix the milk, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, sugar, nutmeg, and baking soda in a saucepan. Stir well. Place the pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Then lower the temperature and cook for about 8-10 minutes, allowing the milk to absorb the flavors of cinnamon and cloves. Turn off the heat and remove the pot from the stove to cool.

While the milk is cooling, beat the egg yolks until they are pale yellow. You can use the mixer if you wish for this step. Slowly pour the egg yolk mixture into the already cold milk and stir. 

Once everything is fully incorporated, place the saucepan back on the stove and turn it on over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Cook while stirring frequently to prevent setting, for about 5-7 minutes, or until the mixture begins to thicken. Remove from the heat.

If you do not like the cloves, strain the mix. Then, add rum and vanilla. Mix softly.

Pour it into another container with a top and let it cool for a couple of hours. When it gets cold put it in the fridge.

Here's a tip. Rompope will taste better if you let the flavors combine, keep it in the fridge for 2 weeks. 

Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg before drinking.

Feliz (early) Navidad!

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