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Flavoured vodkas
Wed 7-Apr-10
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Toffeeapple
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Forward thinking Bobquail, I like your attitude!  Do be very careful when you come to make the Absinthe won't you?  Remember that it robbed the health of very many people.

I'll try that again!

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I had to look up Wikipedia to make the connection with wormwood - I never knew that before.

Very interesting project, Bob, with a very interesting quality assurance phase at the end! Sloe_Gin Sloe_GinMonster

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It'll be ages before the wormwood is big enough to use - probably around autumn, so I've got plenty of time to re-think and chicken out if I get scared Wink.

The next flavoured vodka will be using the alpine strawberries in our garden. I only planted them last spring and they cropped continuously during late summer/early autumn. They've got flowers on them already so I'm looking forward to getting the first strawberries. I'll probably eat half and use the other half to make a strawberry vodka Laugh

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Are Alpine strawberries the same as wild strawberries?

Our dogs love the tiny wild ones, unfortunately. Dog

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Maybe, just grown at a higher altitude?   Wink

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Mon 7-Jun-10
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Well I've had a very interesting afternoon.  Cherry ripe, cherry ripe and I can sing as loud as I like on this Bulgarian hillside.  So now I have a litre and a half of cherry vodka and one of cherry gin...thought I'd finish it off with cherry brandy.  Another tree to go..so what shall I flavour tomorrow???Wink.

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Wave Hi Elsa, welcome!  I envy your cherry liqueurs, have you harvested the fruit yourself? Sloe_Gin  We'd be interested to hear more about your life in Bulgaria...

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Danny said:

Are Alpine strawberries the same as wild strawberries?

Our dogs love the tiny wild ones, unfortunately. Dog


 

Hi Danny,

I missed your reply until now Embarassed

I think the alpine strawberries are just another type of wild strawberry.

The ones I planted last year certainly seem to be enjoying it in the garden. I keep finding tiny strawberry seedlings popping up all over the veg patch. I expect it's birds nicking the strawberries and spreading the seeds around.

I started the vodka yesterday. Even if I can get a handful of strawberries each day, it'll take a while to fill the jug.

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We have never tried strawberry flavoured, Bob. Our favourite is raspberry vodka. Sadly, it slides down like an alcopop - gone in 60 seconds! Sloe_Gin

We must try strawberry this year.

Great to have you on board, Elsa, and especially to have somebody in a whole new location. Looking forward to learning about life, culture, gardening, food in southern Bulgaria. You are an exotic addition to our little group! Ok BrightSparklyStuff

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Wave Hello Elsa.  Nice to hear from you.  I too would like to hear about life in Bulgaria.

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Wed 9-Jun-10
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To all of you kind people that welcomed me to your forum...a big thank you.  It's nice to think that I'm adding the 'exotic' bit to the pot.

Yes had a friend down this morning and we cropped most of the first cherry tree.  It needs a good haircut so he was up there giving it a trim and I was stripping the fruit.  I have a kilo for jam and he took about five kilo to make into wine and I shouldn't say this but he bought a still made out of a washing machine from the gypsies (as I said I'm in the real south of Bulgaria) and the intention is to use 'dis' still and see what we come up with....Medicine

I checked out my hedgerows and found sloe bushes so I shall be OK for my sloe gin and I can't tell you the price of a litre of spirits or you would all be over for a holiday.  Alright then I will...approx £4.00.

I've been backwards and forwards here for about three years but have only just moved into my house having spent six months in a local hotel while builders built and I designed 'on the hoof'.  My garden is close to an acre that goes onto open hillside with views to kill for and as for the locals, we communicate in a mixture of Bulgarian, Turkish and 'picture speak' finding ten words to describe one. 

I'll keep you informed ...Big_Laugh

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What a great introduction Elsa, thank you for taking the time. Wine  How wonderful to have your own cherry trees, I'm so envious of you.  I'll be interested to hear of your progress with the distilling.  With spirit prices so low I can see no reason for you not to make many different flavoured liqueurs. Sloe_Gin Your property sounds amazing.

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Goodness me, Elsa, £4 a litre?

The more you drink, the more you save! Cheers

I love the idea of a still. Hmmmm. Now you've got me thinking. Erm, MOS, any chance you could . . Big_Laugh

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Wed 9-Jun-10
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Not strictly legal...you could have the local police down on you and then you would need glasses at the ready...so we keep quiet about it but when you start up the still you normally have all the locals who decide that after the first distill you might need to test it...specific gravity what's that...when they fall over after the third it's strong enough.  Of course the other method is to freeze it but my ex tried that and swore that he saw black beetles crawling everywhere when he sampled the fruits of his labour.  Only for the braveRunAway.

As we say in Bulgarian 'Lecka Nosht'.  More tomorrow...

 

 

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Ahhh - the black beetles (and not VWs either!), Those were the days Big_Laugh 

Do ask you ex if his had seven legs. Eeek

Only joking. Laugh

Back when I were a tiddler, growing up in hilly and poor West Cork before the advent of Social Welfare, many hill farmers depended on their illicit stills to produce poteen so as to supplement their income, especially in the run up to Christmas. The way to buy it, especially if you were a stranger in town, was to go into a bar and ask the proprietor how you might go about acquiring some of the better stuff.

The correct answer would have been someting like this: "Drive up this road and leave a £20 note under the black stone at the fifth gate on your right. Tomorrow morning, go to the first bend on the B421, look for the ninth gate on your left and there might be an old sack with something in it for you." Cool

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