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Homemade Pistachio Cordial

homemade pistachio syrup extract for cocktails

Lets take a break from the almond craze for a minute. Remember when we all drank dairy, ate real cheese and made a true PBJ? Yeah…me either but let’s switch up the nut and talk about almond’s forgotten cousin, the pistachio!

Between Stephen Colbert’s pistachio ads and Ben & Jerry’s pistachio ice-cream , it’s safe to save we’ve developed a slight obsession with this versatile nut. So, we figured why not put it in a cocktail?

First things first, make a liquor with pistachios…

Homemade pistachio honey syrup

This homemade pistachio and honey cordial (essentially an alcoholic syrup) would be a great new addition to your liqueur cabinet that can be put to use in a wide range of cocktails. Check out one of our favorite ones – the Midnight Cloud

 

homemade pistachio syrup extract for cocktails
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HOMEMADE PISTACHIO CORDIAL

A healty pistachio liqueur 

Ingredients

  • 24 oz Roasted and Shelled Pistachios
  • 8 oz Clover Honey
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 liter Everclear

Instructions

  1. Start by infusing 24oz of pistachios in one liter of Everlcear: Minimum of 24 hours

  2. Pour infusion (including whole pistachio’s) into a saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat- until a foam starts forming. Boiling any longer will begin to evaporate the alcohol - decreasing amount of liquid left

  3. Stir in 1 Cup of sugar, 8oz of clover honey, and 2 Cups of water

  4. Turn heat high, stirring frequently to keep honey and sugar from sticking to pan

  5. Bring back to a boil, then decrease heat to medium

  6. Simmer for 8-12 minutes. The longer you keep the mixture on the heat, the denser it becomes

  7. Take off the stove and let the mixture cool down

Recipe Notes

TWO WAYS TO FINISH CORDIAL

BLENDER METHOD
  1. Pour mixture (with whole pistachio’s) into the blender
  2. Blend well until you have smooth liquid
  3. Strain through cheese cloth and bottle in jars
FRUIT JUICER METHOD
  1. Run the mixture (with whole pistachio’s) through fruit juicer - as if you were juicing any regular fruit.
  2. To remove leftover solids: Strain mixture through cheesecloth and bottle in jars
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