It’s been over a week since I started the nocino, so we thought it was high time for a check-in. After the first day, the liquid turned green-black – dark, sticky and noxious-looking. I’ve been shaking it about every day to mix the flavors. I opened the jars just to smell a few times, and early on, it still smelled like raw black walnuts. Last night, though, the aroma had transformed to something more subtle and balanced. The vanilla and lemon scents came to the forefront. Four of us tasted small sips, and all agreed – it was pretty darn good! Very complex in flavor and surprisingly smooth.


The redcurrant infusion is doing well too. Almost all of the color has leached from the berries and into the vodka. The flavor is very bright with none of the sourness of a fresh currant. These are the beginning of what I hope will be a nice collection of infusion experiments over the summer.