Boozed + Infused

Infusing liqueurs at home with inspiring and seasonal ingredients

Walnut Liqueur


Typical walnut liqueur, Nocino, is made with green walnuts. Unfortunately I didn’t have access to green walnuts. It is winter, after all. So I improvised and made a walnut liqueur with standard walnuts.

1 c. chopped walnuts

1 c. brandy

1 c. vodka

1/4 vanilla bean, split

6 whole cloves (or less – these can overpower)

2 tablespoons thick simple syrup (or to taste)

Infuse all of the ingredients (except the simple syrup) for at least 2 weeks, or longer if you wish. We let this infuse for about a month. Strain and filter the liquid well, and add the simple syrup. It was surprising how little sweetener this needed.

It is delicious on its own… and will likely be quite tasty in cocktails… any suggestions?



Author: Alicia

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13 thoughts on “Walnut Liqueur

  1. Last September we had an opportunity to try Padre Peppe Nocino – a specialty bitter walnut liqueur in Puglia, Italy. Highly recommend it, if you can find it!

  2. This looks interesting…guessing at it tastes based on your ingredients, I’d suggest a twist on the classic Brandy Old Fashioned. Use 2 – 3 parts of your walnut infusion, 1/2 part of St. Germain and a dash or two of orange bitters. Garnish with a cherry and orange twist. Serve on the rocks.

    I’d also try a Manhattan variant, using your infusion, a dash of Agnostura bitters and sweet vermouth (probably 2 parts walnut infusion, 1/2 part vermouth). Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

    Let me know how it works out!

  3. Greetings!
    I have raw walnuts. Should i toast them up first?

  4. This sounds super tasty and I want to use it for holiday gifts! What cocktails have you made using it? Thanks.

    • Hi Emily,
      Wow! I sure dropped the ball on this one. I am so sorry to have missed your comment. Did you end up making the walnut liqueur? It has been a while since we have had this in our house, and I can’t quite remember the cocktails we made with it. My husband really enjoyed it in a number of cocktails, thought.
      I think it would taste great in some bourbon with orange bitters (kind of like a variation of a manhattan). I would try 1 ounce of the walnut liqueur with 2 ounces of bourbon, a few dashes of orange bitters and a brandied cherry.
      I also think this would taste great with some vanilla vodka, or even standard vodka. Perhaps equal parts vodka and walnut liqueur, with an orange twist. Try this on its own as well. It is nice as a sipper.
      Hope my delay didn’t spoil the holidays!

  5. This looks great! I love walnuts, but pistachios more! Do you have any recipes for pistachio infused bourbons? I’d like to just go ahead and try it, but I’m so new at this, and maybe each nut could be different when infused. Thank you!

    • I don’t have any recipes for pistachio bourbon, but you could try following the recipe for peanut bourbon and just substituting pistachios for the peanuts. cheers!

  6. Many thanks am going to make this afternoon, when you strain do you top up the bottle with anything also have you ever double infused for a stronger flavour?

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