Homemade Green Walnut Liquor

Today new contributor Cliff Hammerschmidt posts in the Foodists Guest column. Look for more from him soon. -Ed

It’s that time of year again. Walnuts are at that perfect stage of development for making Green Walnut Liquor. I get mine from Klippers Organic Acres at the Trout Lake Farmers Market. You have to email them and special order them ahead of time.

There are many recipes out there for making Green Walnut Liquor. I like to keep it simple:

  • 12 Green Walnuts
  • 1 qt Neutral Alcohol (Vodka or whatever you prefer)
  • 1 cup Raw Cane Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract (the real stuff)
  • 1 Stick Lemon Grass

Find a clear 2 quart jar with a lid. Clean and quarter the green walnuts and add them and the alcohol to the jar. Clean and dice the lemongrass and to the jar. Heat water and sugar together in a pan until the sugar dissolves and add to the jar. Seal the jar with a lid and place on a window sill for 1 year. It should turn a dark brown color. Strain, imbibe, and enjoy while making your next batch.


3 Responses to “Homemade Green Walnut Liquor”

  1. Posted on May 28th, 2012

    Just got a branch off our neighbor’s tree. The walnuts are crazy sticky and I had to use rubbing alcohol to get the pitch from them off my hand. So, my question is, how the heck do I clean them in order to start the process?

  2. Posted on July 9th, 2012

    I think they may not be the right kind if walnuts. It sounds like you are talking about black walnuts. Don’t know if they are edible. I have an English or Persian walnut tree. The walnuts are not sticky at all.

  3. Posted on July 3rd, 2013

    Still exploring

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