Lilikoi Liqueur for Kyle and Ari’s wedding
Our son married his sweetheart last November on the island of Kaua’i, with their friends and family attending. It was a sweet and unforgettable wedding! As the parents of the groom, we wanted to provide wedding favors that would bring some of those unforgettable memories home. We instantly thought of Lilikoi liqueur, because it was there on Kaua’i that we first imagined it and made it. And really, you can’t buy it anywhere; you have to make it or be given it. Our biggest problem was the airplane limits on liquids. Because every guest was flying in and back home after the wedding, we first thought this was an impossible hurdle. We knew the carry-on limit was two ounces, and imagined a droplet of liqueur. But when we looked at a two-ounce bottle, we realized – hey, we can do this, and it will be sweet! As you can see, they did turn out adorably sweet.
You will need pulpa de maracuya, which is frozen passion fruit pulp. Goya is a common brand; this company also makes many other fruit pulps and sells them frozen in Latin groceries. A Latin grocery is not the same as a Mexican grocery – at least in Portland where I live. I went to a Mexican grocery and asked for “pulpa de maracuya” and he said “huh?” When I explained, he told me to go to a Latin grocery. Call ahead to be sure they have it.
When you find frozen pulpa de maracuya, you will most likely find a handful of other exotic fruit purees as well; mango, papaya, tamarindo, guyaba, mamey, and more.
Add two to three parts vodka to one part fruit pulp mixture, depending on how fruity you want your liqueur to be.Get a good brand of vodka that is smooth – check with your liquor merchant, they are very knowledgeable. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, this should take just a few minutes. Pour into small bottles, screw cap on tightly, wash outside of bottles with clean water. Dry with a towel; apply labels and tags. Cut ribbon pieces longer than you want them (MUCH easier to handle), tie into a knot or a bow, then trim ribbon ends with sharp scissors.
You Will Need:
• Two-ounce bottles from SpecialtyBottle.com
• Circle labels. I used Leilani style in pink and island green. For the back labels, which I used as text labels, I asked for special text treatment.
• Ribbon – one of my favorite online ribbon shops is Bagsandbowsonline.com
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