I wanted to do a kiwi liqueur for St. Patrick’s Day. I thought that the green fruit would produce a green liqueur.
I was wrong. It’s not green. Not even remotely. The good news is that it’s delicious.
9 kiwi (peeled and sliced)
3 c. vodka
3-4 TB Simple Syrup (or to taste)
Place the kiwi and vodka in a large jar and keep in a dark place for about 4 weeks. Strain and filter the kiwi out, and add 3 to 4 Tablespoons of simple syrup, or until it reaches your desired taste.
At this point, I got a little frustrated. I thought that I had filtered the liquid well enough, but there was a thick sludge in the bottom of the jar. So I let this sit around for another month while I stewed about it…
Finally, I decided to filter it again. I doubled the coffee filters and changed them several times during the process. I even had to just toss out about a half cup of the liquid that was just too thick to even try to put through the coffee filters.
The result is a pale yellow, and surprisingly clear liquid!
The additional month since the first filtration gave the liqueur some time to mellow, and it tastes pretty good. I think it will continue to get even smoother.
So far we have only tried this on its own. Any cocktail suggestions?
April 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm
April 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm
Thanks… hope you try it!
April 11, 2012 at 4:47 am
Cocktail suggestions? How about just on the rocks…it sounds like a delicious liqueur! Though I wonder, maybe paired with something mild and creamy, like coconut milk ?
April 11, 2012 at 7:28 pm
It is delicious plain, but I agree coconut milk sounds good. I also may try with the coconut liqueur… Thanks for the suggestion!
April 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm
Alicia! We had kiwi mojitos at our wedding, and this would have been perfect! Too bad I didn’t know about it then!
April 21, 2012 at 8:55 am
Sounds like a fun wedding!
April 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm
I stuck this in the pantry the day you posted it. I’ve also been making lemonade concentrates, and I’m thinking this will pair well with the strawberry lemonade. Thank you!
April 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm
That’s awesome! I hope you like it. I just took a sip of mine, and I think I like it even better now. I’m interested to hear more about your lemonade concentrates. I bet this would be really good with the strawberry. (And I think a strawberry liqueur with muddled kiwi sounds really good…)
June 22, 2012 at 4:53 am
I was wondering what to do with the huge box of kiwifruit that I got for Dragonboat Festival – kiwifruit, btw; kiwis are birds or New Zealanders 😉 – and Stoli is on special at the local bottley shop. I sense a plan.
June 22, 2012 at 7:23 am
Haha, ok, kiwifruit it is! It sounds like you are on a roll! Just beware that the kiwi infusion is a bit of a pain to properly filter. My jelly bag came in very handy, and several coffee filters.
July 18, 2012 at 4:18 am
Oh my goodness, this would be amazing, I think this will be my first attempt at infusing! just wondering if you’ve ever tried watermelon?
July 18, 2012 at 7:28 am
Thank you! I hope you try it! No, I have not tried watermelon. I know a lot of people pour the booze into a watermelon instead of the other way around. But I am planning on trying a standard watermelon infused spirit of some sort. I just haven’t done it yet… If you try it, just be sure to keep the alcohol content high enough so that it will be shelf stable.
August 24, 2012 at 4:01 am
Just rad this after perusing your index (kiwi is my second favorite – had to look). I am definitely making this. It sounds so clean, and unique. Kiwi can get pretty fragile with its flavor. Still interested in a cocktail suggestion? I heard about The Kiwi Nest Grog from http://www.junkhaulersjunk.blogspot.com while researching. There is not a kiwi liqueur in the recipe – but how many kiwi cocktails are out there, right? I’m sure there’s room for consideration, either by adding to enhance the recipe, or exchanging with your lovely ingredient to make it a new one.
August 25, 2012 at 9:33 am
Cool, thanks for the share!
March 3, 2013 at 1:08 pm
Muddle some strawberries in a shaker tin and add the kiwi vodka and shake with ice and strain. Sounds like a no brainer Strawberry kiwi martini