For the preparation of homemade liqueurs and liqueurs, classic sour varieties of berries are usually used, such as currants, cherries, and mountain ash. Some cultures are not suitable for making homemade alcohol due to their structure or taste. Gooseberry is a special berry, the taste of the fruit reveals itself after processing and can surprise with its unusualness. Gooseberry Pouring is considered one of the most delicious homemade alcoholic beverages prepared according to the classic recipe.
Secrets of making homemade gooseberry liqueur
There are several options for making homemade gooseberry alcohol. In addition, they are prepared using alcohol or water and sugar. Berries for cooking can be any: white, yellow, red or green. The main requirements for gooseberry fruits are complete ripeness, integrity, and absence of damage. Despite the fact that gooseberries are processed during cooking, fruits with damaged skin or dried parts can significantly spoil the taste. From the varietal variety of gooseberry, its taste depends on what the drink will be after infusion. Liqueurs or liqueurs at home are prepared on a strong alcoholic basis:
- refined moonshine;
- diluted to 40% ethyl alcohol;
- gin and whiskey.
Most often, making homemade alcohol involves a long period of infusion. The infusion process is one of the three main methods of making homemade alcoholic beverages. During the maceration period, the liquid base of the liqueur absorbs the active substances that release the added ingredients.
During the maceration process, the future shade and taste of the alcoholic beverage is formed. Pouring method of preparation is an intermediate link between tinctures and liqueurs. As a rule, liqueur is a product of alcoholic beverage type, the strength of which ranges from 18 to 20%, while the sugar content in the drink is on the border of 25 to 40 g per 100 cm. They differ from the liqueur in strength: they are less strong. What distinguishes them from liqueurs is the amount of sugar: this type of alcohol is always sweeter.
Important! Homemade liqueurs can be compared to fruit wine: they are served after meals as a digestif.
One of the secrets shared by experienced professionals concerns an excess of alcohol. In the first hours after tasting the homemade drink with excessive strength, it can be diluted with sugar syrup until the desired result is achieved.
The classic recipe for gooseberry liqueur with vodka
The recipe for making gooseberry liqueur at home using vodka is considered a classic. Vodka can be replaced with moonshine or 40% alcohol. In addition to fresh berries, frozen ones are also suitable, but in this case they are used together with the released liquid.
- Gooseberry - 800 g;
- Vodka - 600 ml;
- Sugar - 600 g;
- Water - 400 ml.
Washed berries are poured into the bottom of a 3-liter jar. Then they are crushed with a crush, add sugar, vodka, mix and leave for an hour. Then pour in water, mix, close with a lid. The liquid is removed to a dark place for 90 days. The jar is shaken every week. Before tasting the liqueur, the mixture is filtered and bottled. The strength of the homemade drink is about 18 °, the shelf life reaches 3 years.
The easiest gooseberry liqueur recipe
There are simpler recipes for making gooseberry liqueur with vodka at home. To do this, take 1 kg of ripe berries, 1 liter of refined moonshine or vodka, 300 g of sugar, water.
Gooseberries are sorted out, washed, crushed, poured with alcohol. The mixture is infused for 10 days, then the infusion is poured off and the remaining precipitate is filtered off. The cake is covered with sugar, after 5 days the syrup is drained. After mixing the liquid with the resulting syrup, add 1 liter of water, mix, filter and remove for infusion of the pouring for 3 weeks.
How to make gooseberry liqueur without adding vodka or alcohol
The technology for preparing a non-alcoholic drink resembles making homemade wine. The composition includes:
- Fruits - 1 kg;
- Water - 250 ml;
- Sugar - 1 kg.
Unwashed fruits are poured into a jar, crushed, sugar, water are added, and mixed. To speed up fermentation, you can add 50 g of raisins. The neck of the bottle or jar is wrapped with clean gauze and placed in a dark place for fermentation.
Fermentation is characterized by the appearance of foam, hissing and a specific sour smell. After fermentation stops, after 30 - 40 days, the liquid is filtered, bottled and corked and placed on the lower shelf of the refrigerator for 2 - 3 months: this storage improves the taste.
Polish gooseberry pouring with vodka with honey and vanilla
An original homemade drink with an unusual aroma and sweetish taste. Pods or vanilla extract are prepared for it.
For cooking you need ingredients:
- 900 g of ripe berries;
- 1 liter of vodka;
- 300 ml of liquid honey;
- 50 g fresh ginger;
- 2 vanilla pods.
The fruits are placed on the bottom of a glass container, crushed, grated ginger root, opened vanilla pods are added, poured with vodka, left for 3-4 weeks. Then the liquid is drained, the remaining mass is poured with liquid honey, insisted for 14 days. Once again, drain the honey syrup and combine it with the previous liquid. The resulting mixture is infused for 3 weeks.
Low-alcohol gooseberry liqueur recipe
The strength of homemade alcohol can be controlled at one of the stages of preparation. Ingredients:
- 1 liter of vodka;
- Berries - 2 kg;
- Sugar - 600 g;
- Pure water - 2 liters.
The gooseberries are sorted out, crushed, covered with sugar and harvested for fermentation. After the appearance of foam, the mixture is poured with alcohol, covered with a lid and insisted for 3 weeks. Then the vodka is filtered, the cake is poured with clean water. After a week, the drained alcohol and the resulting syrup are mixed and filtered. The prepared homemade drink can be stored in the basement or refrigerator.
How to make apple wine gooseberry liqueur
Gooseberries and apples are used to make homemade alcoholic beverages. Ingredients:
- Vodka - 700 ml;
- Apple wine - 700 ml;
- Fruits - 1 kg;
- Sugar - 200 g.
The berries are poured to the bottom of the jar, poured with vodka, left for 2 weeks. Then the vodka is drained, the cake is poured with wine and again insisted for 2 weeks. The resulting tincture is decanted, sugar is added to it, the liquid is brought to a boil 3 to 5 times. After cooling, the previously drained vodka is poured and the mixture is infused for another 5 days, then poured into clean bottles.
Making gooseberry liqueur with white wine
The favorite drink of many ladies - white wine - can be an excellent base for making homemade alcohol. At the same time, gooseberry fruits of the same shade are taken: this will make the result monotonous after insisting.
- 1 kg of fruit (washed, dried);
- 700 ml of wine;
- 500 g sugar;
- 1 liter of water.
The fruits are poured with wine, insisted for 15 days. The liquid is drained. The berries are boiled in sugar syrup for 10-15 minutes, then the syrup is cooled. The cake is filtered off. The syrup and wine are mixed. The result is a clear liquid with a sweet and sour taste and a light fruity hue, which enhances the white wine.
Gooseberry and raspberry liqueur recipe
Homemade drink with the addition of raspberries acquires a beautiful unusual shade, and also has a unique berry sweet and sour taste.
The gooseberry mixture is prepared according to the classic recipe, but 200 g of raspberries are added at the infusion stage. The raspberries must be ripe and intact.
Important! The homemade composition will appeal to those who love homemade raspberry wine.
How to make green gooseberry liqueur
This homemade alcoholic drink recipe is made from varieties with a green color. Subject to the basic technological methods, the composition turns out to be transparent, emerald green.
For 1 kg of berries take 500 ml of alcohol, 400 ml of water and 1 kg of sugar. First, a mixture of fruits, sugar and water is subjected to infusion. After 10 days, add alcohol, insist 5 days.
Storage and use rules
Homemade gooseberry liqueur, made by yourself, is a delicious drink. A hand-made selection of berries and alcohol base can guarantee the quality of the composition made. In addition, drinks based on alcohol or vodka made from homemade berries are used in folk medicine. Due to the properties of berries, gooseberry drinks are used:
- to improve metabolism;
- to strengthen blood vessels;
- for the prevention of colds.
As a preventive or therapeutic home remedy, drink 1 tbsp. l. daily before meals during the planned course.
When using homemade liqueurs as the main drinks for celebrations during family feasts, it must be remembered that they are prepared on a strong alcoholic basis. Excessive intake can cause headaches, increased blood pressure.
Alcoholic drinks are not recommended for pregnant women, as well as for people with serious heart disease and problems associated with inflammatory stomach processes.
Many experienced winemakers adapt the recipes for themselves: they use less sugar to make the composition less sweet, and they add more water to reduce the strength.
Homemade drinks according to the classic recipe are stored for 2 - 3 years. One of the most suitable places is a basement with a low air temperature. To avoid chemical reactions, alcohol is poured into glass containers and sealed tightly to prevent air from entering.
Gooseberry Pouring can be a favorite drink at family meals. Its taste depends on additional components. With the addition of berries of different colors, it acquires an unusual interesting shade. Various cooking recipes involve infusion or fermentation. If all conditions are met, homemade alcoholic beverages are stored for more than two years, while they acquire new shades of taste and become stronger.