Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Crab Apples Part 2

Another thing I made with the bounty of Crab Apples that we got on vacation is this beautiful Crab Apple Liquer.

It was really easy and, of course, cheap!!!

4 quarts crab apples (free)
4 cups sugar (I'm calling this free as I purchased it for the jelly)
3 cups vodka -Cheap! (I spoke with the man at the liquor store and he didn't think I needed to use a very high quality vodka as I was using a lot of sugar. I bought one of the cheapest ones (can't remember what it was though)

Take a 4 quart mason jar, and fill it with crab apples that have been washed and quartered.
Add 4 cups of sugar and three cups of vodka. Store the jar on its side, turning once every day for 30 days to get the sugar to dissolve.
After 30 days, filter out the fruit bits and bottle. This recipe can be done on nearly any scale from 1 qt. to 4qt.

I bottled it in vintage soda bottles that I got for free at a Garage Sale this summer and then gave it with the crab apple jelly as gifts at our dinner party this past Saturday. We also served it over ice with a splash of seltzer for a cocktail upon arrival! It was really yummy! My supply of this is gone now but I liked it so much I may head on over to Deanna's house to pick some crab apples off her tree which she says is brimming with them!

Edited to add- Bridgett called me to let me know that she made Crab Apple Martinis with this and they were YUMMY!!!!!!!!
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The Fine Art of Motherhood said...

LOVED the jelly and the liquor! By the way, yesterday I brought the baby out in her pack 'n play and I picked 6lbs of crab apples (I stepped on the scale with them to see how much they weighed). There are still more out there, but I knew you wanted some and it constantly sounds like it's raining crab apples on the roof over there -- didn't want you to miss out!

Christine said...

Yes, I think I need to get myself over there this weekend if I want to get some before they all fall off!

Glad you liked everything!

The Fine Art of Motherhood said...

Actually (I know, my favorite word) -- I picked those for you -- I was worried that they'd all fall off before you got over here. And really, now that you have made such yummy things with them, I thought what a shame it was that so many are laying on the ground out there! The lawn is COVERED!

Christine said...

Oh well thank you! Then I guess I'll just swing by and pick them up :-)

Maybe next year we can have a Crab Apple Weekend and work together and make a load of great stuff.

The Parson's Wife said...

Did you add a food coloring to this? What a lovely gift idea!

Christine said...

Nope! No food coloring. The crab apples were that ruby red color! I thought they came out so nice!

I actually just picked a bunch of these yesterday and I will be making this again tomorrow!