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Myrtle liqueur: the perfect recipe to make Italian Mirto at home

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Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1 kg of myrtle berries
1 liter of water
350 grams of sugar
1 liter of myrtle berries

Nutritional information

170
calories

Myrtle liqueur: the perfect recipe to make Italian Mirto at home

  • 30 days
  • Serves 50
  • Easy

Ingredients

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With this recipe we want to offer you an incredible artisan liqueur, one of the true treasures of Sardinia: yes, today we will make the myrtle liqueur (Italian Mirto). Perhaps one of the best and most genuine liqueurs we have in Italy: perhaps not the best, but certainly one of the most loved, of the most traditional, but also of the simplest.

Just have the myrtle plants and then all you need to do is macerate the berries in alcohol at 96 degrees for 1 month and then add water and sugar to adjust the alcohol content of the liqueur.

The recipe of the myrtle liqueur that we provide is classic, there are no difficult parts and it comes directly from Mrs. Adriana, Nello’s wife, an old uncle of my father-in-law. This is not to tell you that we are cool because we know Mrs. Adriana, but to make you understand that myrtle is a family matter. If you are a bartender pro, a simple lover of spirits and hydroalcoholic drinks or a housewife looking for a witty afternoon diversion, try this recipe for making myrtle at home and you will not regret it.

Ingredients and doses for making myrtle liqueur

To make 3 bottles of 0.75, then 2.3 liters of myrtle

  • 1 kg of myrtle
  • 1 liter of water
  • 350 grams of sugar
  • 1 liter of alcohol

How to make myrtle liqueur

The recipe is very simple, they only serve good quality myrtle berries. For the rest, the process is traditional: cold maceration of the berries in alcohol, sweetening and resting.

Collect the myrtle berries and wash them. Put them in a container with a lid, add the alcohol, mash the berries with a wooden spoon, close and let the infusion rest for 1 month. Once a week remember to shake the container.

After 1 month, strain the alcohol, collect what remains of the myrtle berries and crush with a press or with a spoon in a colander. Or put the berries in a cotton cloth and squeeze to extract every last drop.

Put the recovered juice in the alcohol.

Let’s move on to the syrup. Heat the water in a saucepan until it reaches 50 degrees, then add the sugar, turn off the heat and stir to create the sugar syrup. Wait for it to cool and add it to the alcohol. Stir and let it rest for a week, then bottle it and then take it and enjoy it all. Ms. Adriana says that a couple of weeks of rest in the bottle doesn’t hurt, but it’s not necessary. It also keeps for 2 years, but you won’t be able to resist it anyway. With these doses, you will be able to make two abundant liters of myrtle: 3 bottles of 0.75.

When are myrtle berries harvested to make liqueur?

Berries of Myrtus communis to make home made myrtle liqueur

The best season to harvest the berries is from December until the end of January, maximum mid-February.

How do you drink myrtle liqueur?

Myrtle can always be drunk, both as an aperitif and as a digestive: it is a velvety but fresh liqueur, with a clean taste and never too alcoholic. It should be served in small glasses at a temperature of 12 degrees as a digestive.

What cocktails to make with myrtle liqueur?

Among all liqueurs, it is one of the most flexible, thanks to its slender flavor. Add 1 cl to the gin and tonic, or make the Mirto Tonic with 4 cl of myrtle and 8 cl of tonic water. You can use it to make excellent cocktails like Poison Lips, Myrtle Spritz, Myrtle Daiquiri and Bloody Peppa.

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