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Homemade Liqueurs with Herbs: Genovese Basil Liqueur

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<em>Makes 1 pint</em>
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Brilliant green Genovese basil liqueur is a traditional after-dinner drink in Apulia and Liguria, Italy.</p>
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<li>30 leaves fresh Genovese basil</li>
<li>1½ cups vodka</li>
<li>1½ cups sugar</li>
<li>¾ cup water</li>
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<li>Combine basil and vodka in a clean glass jar. Cover and let stand in a cool, dark place for 6 weeks, giving the mixture a shake every few days.</li>
<li>Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Boil until sugar has completely dissolved. Let cool.</li>
<li>Strain the vodka mixture through a coffee filter into a clean jar or bottle with an airtight lid. Sweeten to taste with the sugar syrup.</li>
<li>Cover and let stand overnight, or store in a cool, dark place up to 1 year.</li>
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<em>Leah A. Zeldes is food editor of Chicago’s Lerner Newspapers.</em>
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<p>Click here for the original article <a href=”https://www.motherearthliving.com/cooking-methods/exotic-herbal-spirits.aspx”>Homemade Liqueurs with Herbs</a>.</p>

Published on Oct 8, 2009

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