How to Make Homemade Fruit Liqueur

How to Make Homemade Fruit Liqueur --- my special method results in intense fruity flavor and stunningly gorgeous colors! theviewfromgreatisland.com

Want to make your own vibrant liqueur from fresh fruit? I’ve come up with a quick and easy technique that results in the most intense fresh fruity flavors, and the best part? It’s ready to drink in 24 hours ~ cheers!

A cocktail made with homemade fruit liqueur

I had a blast coming up with my unique homemade fruit liqueurs

And I have to admit, taste-testing them wasn’t too shabby either 😉  I developed my own method for infusing bright vivid fruit flavor into vodka, and I think it’s just perfect. These are far and away better than anything off the shelf,  and there are no questionable ingredients, just fresh fruit, a touch of sugar, and vodka. Best of all, you don’t have to wait months for your flavor to develop, these beautiful liqueurs are ready to drink the next day.

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fresh fruit to use for homemade liqueur

I chose five different summer fruits to experiment with, and every one turned out fabulous. I used, from left to right above:

  • strawberries,
  • white peaches
  • pluots ~ a hybrid between a plum and an apricot
  • rhubarb
  • and apricots.
Colorful homemade fruit liqueurs in mason jars

the vibrant colors (and flavors) are all natural!

The vodka pulls out all the flavor and vibrant color from the fruit and believe it or not, these colors aren’t enhanced— they smell wonderful, they taste incredible, and they’re so pretty! I’ve never liked artificial fruit flavors, so it’s incredibly satisfying to be able to fuse the real deal into alcohol like this.

Homemade strawberry liqueur in a bottle

technique for making fresh fruit infused liqueur

I won’t keep you in suspense, I’ll get straight to the technique. It differs from the traditional method where you cut up fruit and let it steep in the vodka for several weeks. You have to shake it daily, and wait, wait, WAIT. My method is way better 🙂

  1. In my method, I chop the fruit and cook it very briefly, just to soften it, and bring out the juices and flavors.
  2. I use an immersion blender to puree the fruit.
  3. And then I combine it with the vodka and let the mash sit overnight.
  4. The next day I strain it and voila, you’ve got a fully flavored homemade fruit liqueur ready to drink.

how does it work?

Vodka, at about 40% alcohol, is a very effective flavor extractor. In this case I’m actually fusing the fruit with the alcohol, which gives the process a big boost! Vodka is flavorless and colorless, so nothing interferes with the vivid fruit flavor and color, although you can use other alcohols like rum or gin, as well.

How to Make Homemade Fruit Liqueur

you’ll never buy an artificially flavored liqueur again

You can see the difference after the mash has been strained, the liqueur is clear and beautiful, ready for cocktails!

summer fruit liqueurs in mason jars

get creative with your flavors

One of the reasons I love this so much is that you can create unique flavors…a few deep purple pluots made one of the most memorable, and the pale pink white peach was amazing. These fresh flavors are are so much better than the artificial mass produced versions.

other fruits to try

  • melon
  • guava
  • mango
  • papaya
  • blackberries
  • raspberries
  • blueberries
How to Make Homemade Fruit Liqueur --- my special method results in intense fruity flavor and stunningly gorgeous colors! theviewfromgreatisland.com

how to use your homemade fruit liqueur

These liqueurs are potent, and very flavorful. I like to serve them over ice, with sparkling water and a squeeze of lemon or lime, but you can get creative and come up with all kinds of fun cocktails.

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How to Make Homemade Fruit Liqueur quickly and easily with this special technique! theviewfromgreatisland.com

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“I have made this several times already with blueberries! And I was making mojito’s for a party so decided to make blueberry rum the same way. They were a great hit!! ”

~ mary
How to Make Homemade Fruit Liqueur theviewfromgreatisland.com
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How to Make Homemade Fruit Liqueur

How to Make Homemade Fruit Liqueur — I’ve come up with a quick and easy technique that results in the most intense fresh fruity flavor, and it’s ready to drink in 24 hours — cheers!
Course cocktails
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 day 20 minutes
Total Time 1 day 20 minutes
Yield 1.5 pints
Calories 99kcal
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb fresh fruit (choose strawberries, apricots, rhubarb, pluots, white peaches, or a fruit of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups vodka (any brand will work)

Instructions

  • Start with clean fruit. Depending on what fruit you are using, hull the berries, pit the stone fruit, or trim rough ends from the rhubarb. Do not peel stone fruit, much flavor and color comes from the skins.
  • Chop the fruit into bite sized pieces and add to a saucepan, along with the sugar. Add 1/4 cup water, and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. If your fruit is dry you may need to add a bit more water. Cook for about 5 minutes, just enough to soften the fruit.
  • Puree the fruit using an immersion blender, a regular blender, or food processor.
  • Add the fruit puree to the vodka and give it a stir. Let sit on the counter, covered, for 24 hours.
  • Strain through a nut bag, or several layers of cheesecloth, squeezing to get all the liquid out. Discard the solids.
  • Keep the liqueur in the refrigerator until needed. Note: these liqueurs need to be refrigerated because of the fresh fruit component, and should be consumed within 2 weeks.

Cook’s notes

 
  • There’s no need to buy expensive vodka for this, use the cheap stuff, because all the flavor will come from the fruit.
  • You can use almost any fruit, I think tropical fruit like guava or pineapple would be fun to try, and while I wouldn’t touch a store bought blueberry vodka, I’m excited to make my own, it’s next on my list.
  • A nut bag is the perfect tool for this job…it’s a fine mesh bag made for straining out solids when making nut milks, and it works great for this, too. You can find them online here, the ones I like are a very fine nylon mesh that outlasts cloth and rinses clean. I originally tried straining my liqueur through coffee filters, but it took way too long, and coffee filters are so delicate they can split. Cheesecloth is messy and not quite fine enough.
  • You don’t technically need the sugar, but I think it helps to bring out the flavor of the fruit.
  • Try mixing herbal notes with these liqueurs, rosemary, thyme, sage, and lavender would all go well.
 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5ounces | Calories: 99kcal
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    Deb
    December 29, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    4 stars
    Have you ever used fresh made juice to infuse? I infused some crabs and it turned out great. However, I made the rest of the crabs into juice for making jelly. Now I’m wondering about using some of the juice to make ‘infused’ vodka. Any ideas on how to go about that?

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