Chef Britt shares her journey on how to make nocino! A traditional Italian liqueur made using unripe black walnuts.
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- 30 unripe walnuts
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 5 whole cloves
- 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- Zest of one lemon, cut into strips using a vegetable peeler
- 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 liter vodka of your choice
Wearing protective gloves, cut green walnuts into quarters and place into a 2-quart mason jar with cinnamon sticks, half of a vanilla bean, cloves, and lemon zest peels. Cover contents with one liter of vodka and shake vigorously. Place the jar in a window for six weeks, coming back every other day to shake the contents of the jar. Add sugar and allow nocino to mature another six weeks while coming back once a week to shake the jar. Strain the contents of the jar out after the secondary six weeks is up. Bottle and serve as an apéritif or in a cocktail.