The “100 leaves” liqueur is remembered for its rich red color, berry aroma and sweet soft taste. It is difficult for the taster to determine what the alcohol is made of. Interestingly, the recipe uses not 100, but 99 leaves: 33 of each type, hence the triple name of the drink-the “33 leaves”liqueur. Another advantage is quick preparation, the liqueur will be ready for use in a couple of hours.
The leaves should be fresh. In the classic recipe, black mountain ash berries are used (fresh or frozen), but they can be successfully replaced with cherries (pre-remove the seeds) or black currants. As an alcoholic base, store-bought vodka, alcohol diluted with water or well-purified moonshine, preferably double distilled, is suitable.
- cherry leaves – 33 pieces;
- raspberry leaves – 33 pieces (single);
- blackcurrant leaves – 33 pieces;
- berries of black-fruited mountain ash (cherries, black currants) – 1 cup;
- vodka (moonshine, alcohol 40-45%) – 0.5 liters;
- water – 800 ml;
- sugar (honey) – 100-250 grams (to taste);
- citric acid – 1 teaspoon (optional).
It is advisable to use liquid flower honey. Citric acid is required to stabilize the acidity, if you like sweet drinks with hints of sweetness, you can not add it.
Recipe for 100-leaf liqueur
1. Wash the leaves, put them in an enamel pot, add the berries and pour in the water.
2. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover with a lid and reduce the heat to a minimum. Boil for 30 minutes.
3. Strain the resulting broth through a kitchen sieve, lightly squeezing the leaves and berries (no longer needed).
4.Add sugar (honey) and citric acid to the liquid. Stir, cover, and cool to room temperature.
5. Mix the cold broth and alcohol base. You can also sweeten it with sugar or honey.
The liqueur is ready to drink, but it is better to leave the drink in hermetically sealed bottles or a jar for 2-3 days in the refrigerator to stabilize the taste.
To make the liqueur transparent, it is enough to filter it through cotton wool or a coffee filter. Filtration does not affect the taste, but only improves the appearance.
The strength of the “100 leaves” liqueur is 13-14% by volume. The approximate output is 1.5 liters. Shelf life away from direct sunlight – 1 year.