Don’t kill the messenger, friends, but the holiday season will be here in the blink of an eye (I know, I know…). A pretty bottle of Nalewka Babuni makes a wonderful gift! Translated approximately as “Grandma’s Liqueur,” Nalewka (pronounced “Na-LEF-ka”) Babuni is easy to prepare and delightful when the weather turns cold. While you only need a few minutes of actual prep time, Nalewka Babuni needs to rest in a jar for three months for full flavor. That’s why we’re starting today!
Some people use whole fruit when preparing this liqueur; I prefer to use fruit pits. This allows me to use the fruit itself for other recipes, and I find that using fruit pits adds a bit of almond flavor along with the flavor of the fruit itself.
Ingredients (Makes 750 mL)
750 mL of good quality vodka
At least 2 cups fruit pits (use up to 4 cups if you have them)
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole cloves
1/2 cup honey
This is so simple. Combine all ingredients in one large jar (or divide between two jars, if you have a lot of pits). Make sure the pits are completely covered with vodka. Seal the jar(s), and set aside in a cool, dark cupboard for three months. After three months, strain your Nalewka Babuni to remove the pits, and store the liqueur in a pretty bottle. Done!
Please remember this is a high alcohol liqueur… a little shared with friends goes a long way!