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Old 07-20-2009, 07:46 PM   #1
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A book that will be going with us and we have found very useful for it's simple recipes is Maw Broon's Cook book that you can buy here in the UK. Very useful old fashion and easy to make food that tastes great and can easily be built upon to make some really great food. Unfortunately, I would not suggest resupplying in the UK as things are climbing in price here even faster than in some other parts of the EU and the tax on spirits is now the highest there is in all the EU. Now if you are looking for that rare whiskey the best place to look is either at the distillery where they make it or up in Elgin, Morayshire (nearest open body is the Moray Firth). As just outside of town there is a shop that you can get good prices and the headquaters of the largest distributor in all of Scotland is headquatered there.

On other issues if you are in the Med' you can buy near pure spirit on the cheap at many local stores. it can NOT be drunk straight at all (85 to 95% pure). It is sold for making liquors at home which is an Italian and French pass time. Basic recipe for lemoncello is 300ml pure spirit 100 gram lemon fresque (when peling the lemons you do NOT want any pith as it will sour the finished drink). Make sure the lemon is finally chopped and put in a bottle with e spirit. Once or twice a day for one to two weeks shake and keep OUT of direct sun. Than you take 300ml water and 100 grams sugar. Heat the water and stir in the sugar. This is after you have poured off the spirit (there are advanced techniques to this but family secerts are what they are). You at this stage have two options

1) Lemoncello Napoli style you pour the spirit extract in the bottle first and than once you have the sugar fully suspended in the water you pout that in over and cork and place some where it can cool. It is very drinkable the same day made but is better if it sits a few days.

2) Lemoncello Sicilian style is done with pouring the heated sugar water in firest and than the spirit into it and corking. This style may need a bit of shaking to get it evenly mixed though I have never run into this problem.

I have used both methods to produce lemoncello's that have gotten me recipes from other families and envited to sit down with older men to the finer points of making liquors.


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A Curacao Liquor is easily made on a boat :-

Need :-

1 large mouth jar around 75cl (750ml)

75cl Vodka or white Rum

1 large 'Valencia' or a 'Navel' Orange

sufficient sugar to taste

Method :

Fill the jar almost full with spirit

Jam the orange tightly into the jar so that 50% of the orange is immersed in the spirit.

then after 3/4days

remove the orange and turn it around and re-immerse the other half for another 3/4 days.

Then remove the orange and close the jar and refrigerate.

Serve chilled.


How Curacao of Curacao is Made

The Valencia oranges placed upon the island of Curacao have become what the locals call "Laraha" oranges. These oranges are the basis for the liqueur, which is made according to the following process:

1. Once harvested, Laraha oranges are delicately cut into four slices by a wooden knife and left to dry on a metal plate in the hot island sun.

2. The peels are left to dry for five days and cannot be allowed to gather any moisture.

3. Once the drying procedure is completed, the dried peels are placed in what are called "jute" bags and put into the still with water and fermented alcohol for four days.

4. At the end of the four days, secret ingredients (the local spices) are added to the product in the still.

5. Another two days pass before the clear Curacao liqueur is the result.

6. Coloring is then added to make it the various colors that now dominate the Curacao market.

Although Curacao was originally a clear drink, it is now made in different colors, most popularly blue, green and orange. No matter the color, they all have the same taste.


Original Curacao Liqueur (n.d.). The Authentic Curacao Liqueur. Retrieved April 29, 2008, from the Original Curacao Liqueur Web site: http://www.curacaoliqueur.com/.
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