Loquat Liqueur

Take 200g of loquat stones, place them in the sun to dry for about a week – maybe two. Then put them in a jar/bottle with half a vanilla pod and the peel of a lemon. Add 300ml of vodka (or any other white, strong spirit) and leave in direct sunlight for a couple of months, shaking the jar/bottle on a daily basis.

Make up a sugar syrup solution of 600g sugar to 600ml water – bring to the boil and leave to cool.

Strain the vodka mix well and make the mixture up to 1ltr with the syrup. Leave to ‘mature’ for about 3 months and you end up with a sweet nutty-flavoured liqueur – not dissimilar to amarretto.

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