Pomegranate Liqueur

pomegranateWe just finished up the last of the Pomegranate Liqueur, and a friend asked me for the recipe. Enjoy!

When in season, open 6-8 pomegranates removing the white membrane and separating out just the ruby red seeds. Place the seeds in a large gallon jar and pour over 750 ml of vodka. Crush the seeds against the sides of the jar with a wooden spoon. Tighten the lid of the jar and store in a cool dark place for 3-4 weeks. Then add a cooled sugar syrup (boil 4 c. water with 2 c. sugar for 5 min until all is dissolved). Again, replace the lid and store for 3-4 more weeks. When ready to decant, strain out the seeds and dispose. You’re left with a clear gorgeous ruby red elixir of life!
I’ve read other recipes, and I think next time I make pomegranate liqueur I might add the zest of one lemon to correct the sweetness of this delicious liqueur. In addition to drinking it after a meal, you could also pour some over ice cream or dampen your strawberry shortcake. Anywhere you need color, use Pomegranate Liqueur!
Not only is the pomegranate good to look at, it’s good for you! “The key to the cancer-fighting capabilities of pomegranate lies in its abundance of antioxidants that have an anti-inflammatory effect. In fact, researchers say pomegranate juice has higher levels of antioxidants than do red wine and green tea, which have also been investigated for their potential cancer prevention effects.
The pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) fruit has been used for centuries in ancient cultures for medicinal purposes. For a long time, the fruit has been widely consumed fresh and, more recently, in beverage form as juice. In other studies, the fruit has been shown to suppress inflammatory cell signaling proteins in colon and prostate cancer. The fruit also possesses other remarkable anti-tumor-promoting effects. ….” (Taken from University of Wisconsin, http://www.news.wisc.edu/13633)
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