Nocino is an Italian liqueur from northern Italy. It is made with unripe walnuts that are still soft in their green husks. It’s spicy, sweet, and slightly bitter, and delicious served drizzled over vanilla ice cream, or served on its own as an aperitif at Christmas.
450g Green Walnuts
2 cinnamon sticks
5 whole cloves
1-inch piece of vanilla bean
Zest of 1 lemon
2.5 cups of granulated sugar
1 litre of vodka
Put on rubber gloves, because walnut juice will stain your hands for weeks, and it won’t come off!
Cut the Green Walnuts into quarters
Put walnuts, spices, lemon zest, sugar, and vodka into a large glass container. Cover and shake well
Store for 6 weeks, shaking daily
After those 6 weeks, strain and bottle (be careful where you do this as the walnuts and the Nocino will stain!)
Leave until Christmas