Vodka provides the base for this delicious and easy to make Homemade Ginger Liqueur.
Last week I shared with you a homemade Ginger Liqueur that was brandy based. This week I am back with a vodka based Ginger Liqueur. I started them both on the same day. I figured, I had the ginger, I had the vodka, and I had the brandy, why not do a comparison. They’ll both get used, so nothing to waste, no harm no foul. I found this version at Degrees of Preparation. It is very similar to last week’s recipe, the main difference between the base alcohol – in this case vodka, and whether or not a simple syrup was used.
As you can see, the brandy based homemade ginger liqueur is darker, there is also more of it. It uses a simple syrup, which adds some water to the liqueur. The vodka based ginger liqueur adds sugar, but no water. They both use vanilla beans and I used orange peel in both.
I have to admit there are much worse ways to spend a Saturday than taste testing homemade ginger liqueur! As you would expect, the Brandy version was a little smoother and richer. This one is dangerous, I could sip it all night long. the vodka version picked up a little more heat from the ginger, probably because it was in contact with the ginger longer. It is a little stronger. They are both excellent. I see a few Ginger Gin and Tonics in my immediate future! So, the verdict is, yes, make your own homemade ginger liqueur!!
- 3.5 oz ginger root, diced
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 vanilla bean, sliced down the middle
- 16 oz vodka
- Lemon peel (or orange if you prefer - I used orange, from 1/2 orange)
- Combine all the ingredients in a lidded jar and shake to combine. Let steep for 2 days, shaking it once or twice each day. Remove the vanilla bean, recap and continue to steep for 3-4 more days, shaking the jar whenever you think of it.
- Strain out the solids through a strainer lined with a coffee filter. Rebottle it and let it sit for a day or two to mellow even more.