Making homemade liqueurs is one of my favorite pastimes. It's a great was to preserve the flavors of fresh produce and an easy endeavor. It just takes patience while you wait for your liqueur to infuse! This carrot cake vodka takes less time than the average liqueur, so in as little as a week, you could be serving this delicious drink to friends!
Combine all the liqueur ingredients in a quart sized jar and cover tightly with a lid.
Let the liqueur infuse for 1-3 weeks, shaking the jar every couple of days.
Over a large bowl strain the liqueur through a sieve.
Wring the leftover solids through cheesecloth. You want every drop of liquor!
Now run the liquor through the finest sieve you have. A reusable coffee filter works great.
At this point the liquid will be very orange. You can serve it this way, but over time the tiny particles of carrot will separate and settle on the bottom.
If you prefer a clearer liqueur, filter again through paper coffee filters. This is a lesson in patience as the carrot particles will quickly clog the filters. For this step, I clean my coffee brewer parts and carafe and use the coffee maker to my advantage. I add about 1/2 a cup of liqueur directly to the filter and let gravity do it's thing. (Do not turn on the coffee maker!)
Store your liqueur in a nice bottle or decanter.
You'll want to make more than one batch because it's great for holiday gifting!
Clip top jars are my favorite for infusing liquors. But they also make great storage containers for soup.