Secărică (Caraway Brandy)

Caraway Brandy
Secărică (Caraway Brandy)Landon Nordeman

In Transylvania, it's not unsual to be offered a shot of homemade brandy as a gesture of hospitality upon arriving at a home or guest house. This one has a spicy caraway flavor that balances nicely with the rich walnut cake, Chec Cu Nuca. This recipe first appeared in our March 2012 issue with Alexander Lobrano's article Eternal Terrain.

Secărică (Caraway Brandy)
In Transylvania, it's not unsual to be offered a shot of homemade brandy as a gesture of hospitality upon arriving at a home or guest house. This one has a spicy caraway flavor that balances nicely with the rich walnut cake, Chec Cu Nuca.
Yield: makes About 3 Cups

Ingredients

  • 14 cup caraway seeds
  • 13 clove sugar
  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle brandy

Instructions

  1. Using a mortar and pestle or the bottom of a glass measuring cup on a cutting board, lightly crush and bruise the caraway seeds until fragrant. Using a funnel, transfer seeds and sugar to the bottle of brandy, and seal. Let sit at room temperature, shaking the bottle every few days, for 1 month.
  2. Pour brandy through a cheesecloth-lined strainer into a large glass measuring cup, and discard solids; clean bottle and return brandy to bottle, and seal. Serve right away or chill.