Thursday, June 14, 2012

Experimenting with Alcohol. Attempt 1.

Produce from the Dangriga Market

What better way to spend a Thursday afternoon than attempting to make some homemade apple wine and a pitcher of Bloody Marys made from fresh tomatoes?

We've started emptying out boxes as the house gets closer and closer to being finished and unpacked the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer last week.

 
Power Juicer!

We tested it out yesterday with some pineapples and got a big pitcher full of juice out of it... plus a lot of mashed up pulp that the chickens seemed to enjoy. I made myself a few Panty Rippas (pineapple juice and coconut rum) Yum.

Today we used it to juice apples so we could make an attempt at Apple Wine.

Attempt Status: To be determined

Mmmm... apple juice!

What you need:
  • Empty Bottle
  • Sugar
  • Fruit Juice
  • Water
  • Yeast
We have plenty of empty 2 liter bottles of Caribbean White Rum, so we used one of them, added 2 cups of sugar (way too much for a 2 liter - but hey, this is attempt number1!) all of the apple juice (we only had 8 apples. 12 would have been good. We used cantaloupe to make up for it) and then topped it off with water and a package of yeast.
After you've gotten that all in the bottle, using a ghetto funnel made of card board, you shake it up really well and then stick a balloon on top.
The balloon should inflate pretty quickly, and then over the course of a week it will deflate... and then, Whalla - you have wine!

it inflates really quickly - like within 30 seconds

We gave up on the balloon because it wasn't big enough and just exploded and made a big mess about 30 minutes later

looks gross..... tastes great?

Now it just has the cap on loosely, and we'll see what it tastes like next week. My guess? No good.

We set that aside and made a simple Bloody Mary mix using freshly Jack LaLanne'd tomato juice, salt, pepper, Marie Sharp's Hot Sauce and Lerskaa vodka. (I looked for Worcestershire sauce and horseradish, couldn't find either.)

Attempt Status: Decent, can do better

Healthy!

Ok, it looks really pretty at first, but when you pull it out of the fridge it looks like this:
weird.

For our next attempt, we will use the blender.... and we'll have ice handy so we can just drink it right away, before it starts to separate. I'll also have fancier garnish, for the pleasure of my readers.

Ta-Da!
It was pretty good, considering the lack of ingredients. If anyone knows where to get a SMALL can of olives and not a huge, bar-sized jug, and a jar of horseradish and Worcestershire  sauce in Belmopan, Dangriga, or anywhere in between please let me know. 















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