Apricot Wine Liqueur

Storage: Apricots (refrigerate up to 4 days); Liqueur (refrigerate up to 4wks, or Freeze)
Yield: Apricots - 4 cups; Liqueur - 6 cups
   
Ready to enjoy, this liqueur is made from infusing fresh apricots with sauvignon blanc, vodka, vanilla, cinnamon and a sugar syrup. Four days preparation in the refrigerator but then enjoy for a whole month (or freeze). Enjoy the apricots on their own or over vanilla ice-cream ♥
      
Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
3 cups dry white wine (I used a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc)
2 pounds (1kg) fresh apricots, washed, stoned, sliced
1 cinnamon stick
1 vanilla bean, split, scraped (keep pod)
2 cups vodka
   
 
Dissolve sugar in wine over low heat.
Heat wine and sugar gently, whisking to dissolve. This will only take a few minutes.
   
Prepare apricots.
Wash apricots first, then remove blemishes, halve and remove stones. Slice apricots into thick pieces. Combine everything else except the vodka in the same pot as the wine, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil and boil for 30 seconds then turn the heat off. Stir in the vodka and cool slightly.
 
Pack apricots then liqueur into jars.

pack apricots into two quart jars (2 x 1L jars) or a half-gallon (2L) jar. Ladle liqueur over apricots. Add plastic lids and refrigerate, shaking jars daily for 4 days.
         
DAY 1 - 4: Shake jars daily, keep refrigerated.
      
DAY 4: Remove apricots and bottle.
Using a slotted spoon, separate apricots from liqueur. Store apricots in a prepared jar, seal and label and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Makes approximately 4 cups of infused apricots.
  
Strain and filter liqueur then bottle.
Fold 3-4 layers of muslin/cheesecloth over a sieve, then pour liqueur into a bowl to remove any vanilla residue. Then use a funnel to pour into your prepared bottle/s. Seal, label and then refrigerate for up to 4 weeks (or freeze). Makes approximately 6 cups of liqueur.

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