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Time to get booze

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Published on Friday, July 7, 2023


By Melissa Pette

The rainy season in Costa Rica, or the green season as it is often called, is turning our evenings a bit colder but we all love it. Don't we?

What kind of alcohol is best to drink on a rainy day? Some of us enjoy a sip 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 article.

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 some delicious spirits at home.

Now, it is time to get some booze.

Let's go to the minibar!

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. It was used to make some smiling faces during the freezing winter.

Coffee liquor

By Brooklyn Wyatt,

Quebec, Canada

This homemade coffee liquor is a libation to enjoy or use as an ingredient for baking. 

"It is tradition in my family to fix homemade liqueurs to survive the glacial Quebec winter," he said.

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. 

•4 grams of sugar.

•A scoop of vanilla extract.

•1 and 1/2 litter-size glass bottles to preserve the liquor.

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

Orange 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. This one is really good! I promise!

The ingredients are:

• 10 sweet oranges.

• 1/2 kilo of sugar.

• 1 liter of 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, and 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 temperatures, mix until you prepare the 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!

Have a Pura Vida weekend!

Find more amazing step-by-step Costa Rican food recipes on 
the AM Costa Rica Food & Good Eating website. You are invited to share your favorite recipes with a horizontal photo of the dish by emailing food@amcostarica.com