We make our own Rakia (Bulgarian Brandy) here every year. I now have three seasons maturing away & have been reliably informed by both Bulgarian & English that it is Mnogo Dobre, very good :D This makes me very happy but it really is in the maturing! We have a very good Grape Rakia from 2009 & close behind is good Apple & Grape Rakia from October 2010. These come out when we entertain & I am building the collection, but with gallons of Grape 2011 & the next lot of grapes growing I felt I should be diversifying our cellar :)
So here are some recipes made with the less matured Rakia. They won't be ready for three months & then I may mature them for longer, unless off course our friends decide to drink us dry :D
You can off course use plain old shop bought rubbish ;-D ;-D ;-D Oh & you can substitute Vodka for this one
8oz Sugar per large jar
Rakia, Brandy or Vodka to fill jar
1lb sterilised airtight jar
Fill the jar with the strawberries add the sugar& top up with the alcohol. Seal the jar then shake gently to dissolve the sugar but try not to bruise the fruit.
Store in a cool place & use a rolling motion to mix the fruit & alcohol every day for two weeks.
Then store for 3 months. Decant into sterilised bottles & use the fruit in cooking or as a dessert, I shall be making ice cream just for this ;D