Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Good things come to those who wait!  Good things also come to those who steep thing in vodka.......

Pick ripe, un blemished crab apples and don't spend too much on your vodka.  The cheap stuff works great and once it is infused with crab apples and sugar it wont be worth spending more for a good brand. 



  • Wash enough crab apples to fill a large glass jar,  remove stalks and cut in half, leaving the skins on.  Place in the freezer.
  • Once frozen completely (I left mine a couple of days).  Place them into the sterilised glass jar with tight-fitting lid.
  • Pour over unflavoured vodka and add 1/2 cup of white sugar. 
  • Each day for 2 weeks, agitate the glass jar to mix the sugar and help the fruit breakdown. 
  • Let steep for 8-10 weeks or more - in a dark place at room temperature, 18-20°C (64-68°F).
  • Strain and filter your infusion into a clean glass bottle or jar with tight-fitting lid.
  • Store (age) for a couple of months in a dark place at room temperature before serving


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  1. Wow!! This sounds amazing.

    I just got another bag full of crab apples today, red ones like yours. I might have to give this a go!

  2. So glad I found your blog and this recipe. What size jar did you use for this? Yours is the only recipe I have found freezing the apples, which is a good thing.

  3. Hi just preparing this year's batch and comparing to other recipes out there. In doing so found yours. What is different in your recipe is the freezing of the prepared crab apples for a few days. What is your reasoning for freezing first? Thank you

    1. Freezing makes the skin split, therefore easier for the flavour to be released.


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