*  Exported from  MasterCook II  *
                               ALMOND LIQUEUR
 Recipe By     : Homemade in the Kitchen
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Beverages
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1      pound         almonds -- shelled
    2      cups          vodka
      1/2                vanilla bean
      1/2  cup           sugar
      1/4  cup           water
    1      teaspoon      vanilla extract
      1/2  teaspoon      glycerin (found in drugstores)
 Coarsely chop the almonds by hand or in a food processor (a blender will
 produce too fine a chop). This should yield 1 1/3  to 1 1/2 cups chopped
 nuts. Combine the nuts, vodka, and vanilla bean in a 1-quart Mason jar. Seal
 the jar, shake to mix, and set it aside in a cool, dark place for at least
 10 days. Strain the liquor through a fine sieve into a 4-cup glass measuring
 cup and discard the residue in the sieve. Rinse the sieve and the Mason jar
 thoroughly. Fit the sieve with a damp coffee filter and strain the flavored
 vodka back into the jar. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan.
 Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Continue
 to boil for 2 minutes, until a clear syrup forms. Remove the pan from the
 heat and cool to room temperature. When the syrup is cool, add it to the
 Mason jar. Add the vanilla and glycerin. Seal the jar and shake it gently to
 blend. The liqueur can be transferred to a decanter. The Almond Liqueur
 should be ready to drink in 2 or 3 days and has a shelf life of 2 to 3 months.
 YIELD: 2 cups
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