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                              Almond Liqueur 
 Recipe By     : Red Fla
 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Beverages                        Kitmail16
                 Nuts                             Spirits
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1      pound         almonds -- shelled
    2      cups          vodka
      1/2                vanilla beans
      1/2  cup           sugar
      1/2  cup           water
    1      teaspoon      vanilla extract
      1/2  teaspoon      glycerin
 Coarsely chop the almonds by hand or in a food processor ( a blender will
 chop them too fine).  This should yield 1 1/3-1 1/2 cups chopped nuts.
 Combine the nuts, vodka, and vnilla 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
 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 coffe 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 temp.
 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 2-3 days and has a shelf life
 of 2-3 weeks.
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 NOTES : Yield-2 cup