Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Decanters. . . And What's Inside!

On the server in the dining room is a silver tray . . . and on that silver tray is our collection of Waterford decanters.

For whenever we have company for dinner, we like to offer an after dinner drink of sherry, port, or cordials and liqueurs.

The sherry is in the left decanter, apricot brandy is in the middle and orange liqueur is on the right.    The ship's decanter is filled with a fine old port.

The port and the sherry are bought.    We prefer Harvey's Bristol Cream and Husband Jim usually selects the port -- preferring Wars or Cockburn.

The apricot brandy and orange liqueur is made in our cellar.     By mid May, the jars of brandy and liqueur are empty.     We start them early for they both need to age for six months.

We have two jars that we keep in the cellar -- one holds the apricot brandy and the other is for the orange liqueur.

This decanter is for our apricot brandy -- filled as needed.     And . .

This decanter is for the orange liqueur.  

A wee tot of either is a great end to any dinner party!

There is an added bonus in making the apricot brandy for you have a whole jar of boozy apricots.

We find that the apricots. . .

dipped in chocolate make a great Christmas gift!

I like the look of the decanters on the silver tray in the dining room.     For they're both pretty and functional.

I've posted about the apricot brandy before and gave the recipe HERE.    It's easy and makes a great liqueur.    And you also have some great boozy apricots to use!

The orange liqueur is a favorite as well and it is almost as easy to make as the apricot brandy.  


6 or 8 oranges
1 washed lemon, peel thinly sliced
Extra tangerine or orange peel, optional
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
2 sticks whole cinnamon
1 t. coriander seed
1 quart vodka (I use a bar brand -- Bartons)

In a wide-mouth gallon jar, put the rinds and juice of the oranges and the thing sliced peel of 1 washed lemon.    You can add extra tangerine or orange peel for extra flavor if you desire.

Add the cinnamon and coriander and the vodka to the jar.

In a saucepan, boil together 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water until syrupy and reduced about half.   (This may take about 45 minutes).    Cool the syrup and add it to the jar.    Screw the lid of the jar on tightly, put jar in a large paper bag to keep the light out and keep in a warm place.

Shake the jar each morning for five or six weeks.    At the end of that time filter the liquid through cheesecloth until clear.    Bottle the liqueur and let stand in dark cool place for at least ix months before using.     This should make about 3 pints of liqueur.

It's Tuesday and I'm joining Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday.    I've not been there for a while and it's nice to be back to share my dining room server.


Karen said...

This sounds lovely! If I were fortunate to enjoy one of these drinks I would certainly appreciate it even more now knowing all that you and your husband have been through to make it. Very interesting!
Happy Thanksgiving!!
Ladybug Creek

Bookie said...

Your decanters are lovely. Martha, I have enjoyed several of your posts this last month but barely had time to read, much less leave comment. Have a Happy Kansas Thanksgiving!

Calypso In The Country said...

I love those decanters. They look so sophisticated! You have a lovely blog. Thanks for stopping by mine to say hello today!

Tea & Chocolate Guy said...

Your decanters are gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing this recipe. It may be a project for the new year and to enjoy next Christmas!! xo HHL

Pondside said...

Too late for this year, but I'll try to remember this in the summer!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh what a beautiful collection of decanters. I love them. The brandy sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing how to make it. Hope you have a very Blessed Thanksgiving and thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty