Monday, January 14, 2013
This is perfect to share with a loved one…or to give as gifts. Begin your project now so that it will be matured by mid-February.
Here are some basic proportions. You can increase the recipe if desired.
1 oz dried organic damiana leaves
1 organic vanilla bean, split and chopped
2 cups brandy
1 ½ cups water
1 cup raw local honey
¼ cup rose water or hydrosol [optional]
Warm the water extract gently in a pot over low heat. Dissolve the honey into this.
Add the sweetened water extract to the previously made alcohol extract and stir well.
Pour into sterilized bottle[s], label, and let age for one month or longer.
Can use as is or serve with a splash of rose water or hydrosol. Enjoy!
Stir well and let mixture sit for one week. Strain through cheesecloth and bottle.
Many thanks to Diana De Luca for the inspiration. Check out her wonderful book Botanica Erotica, which makes a fantastic complement for amorous gifting. It is full of delicious recipes to nourish the playfulness of body, mind and spirit.