Category Archives: Thirst quenchers


Amaretto in a canning jar! Ready to be stored for a few months!

Another delicious libation recipe from dear Celine!  Now if I can only get her amaretto cheesecake recipe…WISH ME LUCK!  Oh, make sure to taste the lemon rind when you are finished soaking it in the amaretto.  I think you can find a creative way to use it in a dessert or even as a garnish in a savory dish or appetizer!


2-750 ml bottles or KERR jars with lids

2 c H20

2 1/2 c sugar

Rind from 1 lemon

2 2/3 c vodka

6 t almond extract

2 t vanilla extract

1 tsp chocolate extract

In a sauce pot add the water, sugar, and lemon rind and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 20-25 minutes and cool.  Add the remainder of the ingredients.  Bottle and Reserve!


Kahlua stored in Stranahans bottles! Look at the great color and the vanilla seeds on the sides of the bottles!

We have the most awesome neighbors here at 488.  You will hear Celine’s name often as she is a wonderful and creative cook and good friend.  She and her husband Doug often enjoy lively conversations about politics, building, farming and life over a refreshing beverage with Andy and me.  One afternoon she poured a small glass of Kahlua for each of us.  This is not normally something that either of us would choose, nor enjoy…but boy did we!  It was fantastic and HOMEMADE!!  She willingly gave up the recipe.  Andy and I whipped up a batch just as soon as we were able.  We couldn’t believe how simple it was to make and then all you need is a couple of old liquor bottles (or like) for aging.  We have a couple of 8 month old bottles in our liquor cabinet as I type.  Maybe I will end my afternoon with a little nibble of this sweet, brown liquid!?!  Cheers!


2-750 ml bottles

4 c H20

4 c sugar

1/4 c instant coffee

1 qt vodka

1 vanilla bean

Boil the water and sugar for 5 minutes and add the coffee.  Boil another 5 minutes.  Turn off heat.  Add the vodka and vanilla bean and let cool.  Bottle.  Leave alone for a long time (at least 6 months).  Drink with delight!