Hazelnut Liqueur

Hazelnut Liqueur

Yield: 1 pint

6 oz Hazelnuts
1 Vanilla bean (1 inch)
1 tsp Allspice
1 1/2 c Vodka
1/3 c Sugar Syrup

Chop the hazelnuts to release the flavor of the nut and add to vodka, vanilla bean, and allspice. Age for 2 weeks, shaking lightly occasionally. Strain and filter until clear. Add sugar syrup, if desired, and age for an additional 3 weeks. Ready to serve.
Makes a nice gift and is nice over ice cream as well as an aperitif.
Alternately, try using pistachios which also make a delicious liqueur. If flavor is too weak, add more nuts and re-steep a week before adding the sugar syrup.

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