Make Your Own Walnut Liqueur


It is not hard to make your very own walnut liqueur, but it will take some time to get this beautiful color and full flavour profile.

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Make your own walnut liqueur
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2020-09-17, this recipe is for 10 people and takes 40 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 03-08-2023

40 minutes 10 people Beverages
Make your own walnut liqueur


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  • Approximately 25 to 30 unripe green walnuts
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 star-anise
  • 4 cloves
  • lemon peel (optional)
  • 1 litre of alcohol
  • 300 grams of sugar
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  • Cutting board & chef’s knife
  • Gloves (optional)
  • A large sterile mason jar with a lid
  • Fine sieve
  • Cheesecloth (optional)
  • Small sterile bottles

Make Your Own Walnut Liqueur

40 minutes 10 people Beverages

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Young walnut on a tree
Young walnut on a tree

You can sterilize the mason jar and little bottles by cooking them in boiling water for a very clean result.

Preparation – 20 minutes + a 3-month waiting period

Suggestion: you can use all kinds of different alcohol for this recipe, such as jenever, vodka, eau de vie, etc.

You will need unripe, green walnuts to make this liqueur, so the best time to make this delicious walnut liqueur is near the end of June to early July.

Cut open young walnut
Cut open young walnut

The walnuts may stain your hands, so you might want to wear a pair of gloves. Wash the green walnuts and cut them in half, or in quarters.

Place the nuts together with the spices in a large mason jar. Add the liquor and seal the lid.

Walnut liqueur in a jar
Walnut liqueur in a jar

Shake the jar every now and then over the course of six weeks. You will notice the liquor will become increasingly darker until it’s black – that’s exactly what you want.

After six weeks, add 300 grams of sugar to the mixture and give it another six weeks to rest. Shake the jar frequently so the sugar can dissolve in the liquid.

Final results of the walnut liqueur

Once the sugar is fully dissolved and the liqueur has turned completely black, you’re ready to sieve the mixture. Remember to follow the suggested times above; by the time you will finish the mixture, it will have been resting for approximately 3 months.

Use a very fine sieve to get the liquid as clear as possible – you may want to use a cheesecloth during this process.  

Make your own walnut liqueur
Make your own walnut liqueur

Divide the walnut liqueur over the small sterile bottles and seal them tightly; you can now safely save the liqueur for a long time. It will taste its very best in winter, during the holiday season, because the flavours will have developed optimally by that time.

It will be a delicious way to heat up from the cold outside or serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream as a dessert. Enjoy!

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