I’ve already made so many different types of nalivka (homemade liqueur) from sour cherry, plum and different fruits/berry combinations but this last summer I had a lot of black currant and gooseberry, so besides baking cakes and pies from these berries, I used the remaining berries to make sweet-sour homemade liqueur.
Nalivka is a sweet fruit and berry drink which is very strong, about 18-20% alcohol. Produced from fortified juices and infusions of fresh fruits and berries, sugar syrup, rectified alcohol, citric acid and water. I usually do not add any alcohol, acid and water, just use sugar and the fruit.
If you don’t want the finished drink to be too sour, then use more black currants than gooseberries. Do not wash berries if they are from your garden, you can leave the stalks too and do not add the yeast and water in this recipe!
Black Currants and Gooseberry Nalivka (Homemade Liqueur) Recipe
By June 24, 2015Published:
I've already made so many different types of nalivka (homemade liqueur) from sour cherry, plum and different fruits/berry combinations …
- In a large clean bucket, mix thoroughly and crush the berries. I usually use a special gauze bag or cheesecloth, putting the berries inside and keep them in a bucket with berries, covered with the lid. This makes it easier to press and remove the bits you don't want in the end. After it begins to ferment (usually around day 5) wait until it stops bubbling meaning the fermentation is finished. Move to a cool place for 45-50 days turning the bag with berries occasionally or stirring. It will continue to ferment and let off gas.
- After 45-50 days, strain the liqueur without berries in large glass jars, close the top with rubber gloves. If fermentation repeats, take off the gloves to let air out, then place the glove on again.
- A week later, pour the nalivka into the bottles without sediment, close tightly and keep in a closet or a cool dark place.
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