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?