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How to Make Home Made Liqueur

Updated on January 15, 2015

Home Made Van der Hum Liqueur

Making your own liqueur is satisfying and makes great for gift giving. Van der Hum is a classic South African liqueur made from fruit and a good brandy base. The fruit used is locally called naarjie but tangerines can be used -- or even mandarins can be substituted.

This recipe is easy as but it does take time...something like a few weeks. As they say all good things take time and the same could be said for this home made Van der Hum. You're sure to have friends asking for the recipe!

Phot by Lyn Bell

Tangerine or Naartjie
Tangerine or Naartjie

How it Started

Finding the fruit...

I was given a recipe for making Van der Hum many years ago...and I mean many! Too far back to remember who gave it to me even. It's written in my recipe book and is my favorite. I have a quicker version but this one gives the best results.

After coming to New Zealand I was looking for the main ingredient fruit but no one really knew about naartijies (pronounced naarchy) so I used tangerines which are actually the equivalent. Mind you I must say naartjies do tend to be easier to peal and are juicer. A friend of ours had a tree in his garden and one year supplied us with a big bag of the fruit. I said I would give him a bottle.

It was such a success that every fruiting season he would turn up with a bottle of brandy and a big bag of fruit and I'd make him a batch!

Photo: MANDARIN

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What You will Need

Before you get carried away you will need to find yourself a large jar, Kilner or Consul. I have used a very large jar but do make sure it doesn't leak!

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What You Need To Do

Home Made Liqueur
Home Made Liqueur

Once you have the jar you will need to get the following:

1 Bottle of good Brandy

1 Stick of cinnamon

1 1/2 to 2 cups of caster sugar

Naartjie (tangerine) peel

6 Cloves

1/4 of a nutmeg, grated.

Eat the fruit! Place the washed and dried peel in the jar, half filled and loosely packed. Add spices and Brandy and leave for three weeks. Strain off the liquid. Discard all else and add sugar. Turn the jar once a day until all the sugar has dissolved. Strain again and bottle.

I saved these small bottles that look like small milk bottles from a flavored milk I enjoy (washed and sterilised). I packed up a few bottles as gifts for Christmas. Normally I would use the Brandy bottle for the liqueur but you will find a small amount over to use as a tester or to package a s a gift.

This a photo of the liqueur I made

Cook Time

Prep Time: 20 - 30 mins

Total Time: Weeks! Be patient!

Serves: Many!

Ingredients

  • 1 Bottle of good Brandy
  • 1 Stick of cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups of caster sugar
  • Naartjie (tangerine) peel
  • 6 Cloves
  • 1/4 of a nutmeg
  • grated.

Instructions

  1. Half fill the jar with the peel, loosely packed. Add spices and brandy. Leave for three weeks. Strain off the liquid. Discard all else and add sugar. Turn the jar once a day until all the sugar has dissolved. Strain again and bottle.
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Serving Suggestions

We all know that liqueur is for drinking in small glasses! Have you thought about using it on ice cream? One of the people I gave a bottle to as a gift at Christmas used it in his muffins and was thrilled with the result. You could replace the usual Grand Marnier with Van der Hum in your Crepe Suzette recipe.

Labels for Your Van der Hum

Don't forget to label your creation! You want people to know what you have made.

60 Pack Of Preserving Labels
60 Pack Of Preserving Labels

These are preserving labels but will do the trick perfectly. After all you will want to note when your liqueur was made, the name and anything special. Use your best handwriting!

 

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      This is something I'd like to do.

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      this looks like something fun to do this fall

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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      Yes, once we made some homemade Grand Marnier. It actually turned out pretty good. Thanks for sharing this information.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This sounds like fun to do and you get to sample the end result too. I love liqueurs like this.

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      This recipe sounds wonderful. I have a few people in mind for whom this would make a great gift!

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      piedromolinero 5 years ago

      And interesting recipe, I may try it once. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Thank You for stopping by and liking my lens SoundFinance. i appreciate it. This lens caught my eye and couldn't resist taking a look at this recipe. This recipe and ice cream. Yummy! I like Grand Mariner with ice cream so why not this. My problem is having to wait when i make Grand Mariner. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      @Dusty2 LM: Thank you Dusty2. Hope you enjoy!

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi thanks for sharing this recipe, it sound like fun to make and drink.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I've never tried, but it sounds like fun and tasty.

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      Jukebox LM 4 years ago

      I would like to try this!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Yes, I have made some sugar-free liqueur, it turned out great.

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      Fran Tollett 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the recipe. This would make a GREAT gift ;-)

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      I try and make Sloe Gin each year, but the competition to get the woodland sloes immediately after the first frost is pretty fierce!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've made wine but never liqueur and I'm thinking everyone would want to be on your gift list for sure, the side of my tongue have been pretty excited while I've been here, I can almost taste it! :)

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      I've never tried this before but it's a great idea. It would make a wonderful homemade gift.

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      Scott A McCray 4 years ago

      I haven't tried this one - but i have made liqueurs. It's well worth doing!

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      My kids and I love to do this kind of thing - we will have to do it soon. Pinned to my drinks and beverages board.

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      My kids and I love to do this kind of thing - we will have to do it soon. Pinned to my drinks and beverages board.

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      JoleneBelmain 3 years ago

      I don't mind liqueurs, but I love cinnamon. That recipe you have sounds delicious, and I just may have to give that one a try :)

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      Capefox 3 years ago

      My favourite is van der Hum and yes, I do make my own!

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