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.