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Bonus Post: Sweet Potato Liqueur

I’ve been trying my hand at liqueurs, having done blueberry, strawberry, Japanese plums, cherry, and cranberry, but this was my first attempt at something I haven’t seen anywhere online: Sweet Potato. I tried a couple variations and it came out with a sweet, earthy flavor with the sweet potatoes coming through strongly. For reference, these are Japanese sweet potatoes, which are purple and starchier than the typical orange sweet potatoes you might see usually.

I looked over a ton of recipes from Gunther Anderson to concoct what I did. If you’d like to see more of my liqueur recipes, I’ve got a bunch more and I’m definitely willing to try more. If not, hey, you can always use this as an inspiration for something that your Gnomes bottle up and drink, maybe even make up a small jar to share at the table for your players.

Sweet Potato Liqueur

1 ¼ Cup sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½ in pieces.

Let any peeled potatoes sit in water to avoid oxydation or them drying out (I’m not sure if that has any effect).

Add 1 cup of syrup (1:1 ratio of sugar:water) and 1 ½ cup vodka.

Steep for 2 weeks.

MY TEST VARIATIONS: Half of the potatoes were roasted on high until browned (I did not add oil as I don’t know what it would do to the liqueur) the other half were left uncooked.

Half of the jars had an added pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon, the other half were unspiced. 

The four jars right after sealing them. They were washed with hot, soapy water, rinsed well with hot water, then I closed them with a bit of vodka and shook them to sterilize. (Note, the alcohol content is high enough that there shouldn’t be a problem, but better safe)

Taste Test: My wife preferred the roasted over the unroasted which surprisingly had a mellower flavor and very slightly preferred the added spices versus no spices. I preferred the unroasted for the stronger flavor and thought the spices slightly improved the taste of both. Next time I would try adding more spices to see how it will enhance the potato flavors, I’m thinking like a pumpkin pie liqueur, but subtle.

So far, it has worked well as the alcohol of a screwdriver, the sweet earthiness goes well with the citrus of the orange juice. I would struggle to drink this over ice by itself though due to its sweetness. Maybe I’ll try a sweet potato lemonade next like how I drink my blueberry liqueur? (lemon juice + sweet potato liqueur)

 

They turn a dark purple after steeping for two weeks. I then strained out the potatoes. I am not sure if I would get more flavor or just end up with potato mush if I let them steep longer.

 

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