Homemade Pistachio Cordial
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…
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 CORDIAL
A healty pistachio liqueur
- 24 oz Roasted and Shelled Pistachios
- 8 oz Clover Honey
- 1 cup White Sugar
- 2 cups Water
- 1 liter Everclear
Start by infusing 24oz of pistachios in one liter of Everlcear: Minimum of 24 hours
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
Stir in 1 Cup of sugar, 8oz of clover honey, and 2 Cups of water
Turn heat high, stirring frequently to keep honey and sugar from sticking to pan
Bring back to a boil, then decrease heat to medium
Simmer for 8-12 minutes. The longer you keep the mixture on the heat, the denser it becomes
Take off the stove and let the mixture cool down
TWO WAYS TO FINISH CORDIAL
- Pour mixture (with whole pistachio’s) into the blender
- Blend well until you have smooth liquid
- Strain through cheese cloth and bottle in jars
FRUIT JUICER METHOD
- Run the mixture (with whole pistachio’s) through fruit juicer - as if you were juicing any regular fruit.
- To remove leftover solids: Strain mixture through cheesecloth and bottle in jars
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We love using this pistachio gem as a substitute for almond liqueurs and orgeat in tiki drinks and boozy bourbon creations. Try it.