Live Long and Prosper With Superfood Liqueurs




Introduction: Live Long and Prosper With Superfood Liqueurs

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Live to at least 131 with Tecwyn's amazing super food liqueur recipes! Everyday during his adult life he would have a small glass of one of his liqueurs which is probably the secret to his longevity and general 'good looks'. Is Tecwyn a superfood super hero? Has he discovered the secret to immortality itself?

Four superfood superberry liqueurs are made and tested by our resident expert panel of tasters. Blueberry, Cranberry, Goji berry and Hawthorn berry (Haw) battle it out in the contest to find the ultimate tasty and healthy liqueur.

Hazards:..........Diatomaceous earth dust harmful

Step 1: Superfood Health Benefits

Here's a quick rundown of the health benefits of the best berries to use. Please check with your health practitioner for possible side effects. Alcohol consumption must be moderate.

Blueberries (Cyanococcus): Extremely high in antioxidants, cardiovascular benefits, blood sugar benefits, eye health, anti-cancer benefits, improvement of memory and other cognitive functions.

Cranberries (Vaccinium Macrocarpon): Protection against urinary tract infections (UTIs), possible protection against stomach ulcers, cardiovascular benefits, anti-cancer benefits, anti-inflammatory.

Goji Berries (Lycium): Used in Chinese medicine with claims for the 'fountain of youth'. They are thought to increase live expectancy and sexual performance. Packed with protein and nutrients.

Bilberries (Vaccinium myrtillus L.): Anti-oxidant. Research is sparse.

Sour Cherries: (Prunus cerasus): Possible benefits for sleep problems, also possibly anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory.

Sloes (Prunus Spinosa): Anti-oxidant. Research is sparse.

Haw Berries (Crateagus Oxycanthus): Valve prolapse, angina, congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmia, myocarditis, arteriosclerosis. Hawthorn can normalise blood pressure by regulating heart action; extended use can lower blood pressure. Good for heart muscle weakened by age. Can help strengthen blood vessels, reduce palpitations, help prevnt vascular insufficiency, blood clots (embolism, phlebitis). Dilates coronary vessels to restore the heart muscle wall. Lowers cholesterol. Good for nervous conditions like insomnia. Aids digestion. Relieves abdominal distention and diarrhea, food stagnation, abdominal tumors and is good for dropsy.

Alcohol: Lower risk of cardiovascular disease, longer live expectancy, improved libido, prevent the common cold, less chance of dementia, lower risk of gallstones, lower risk of diabetes 2.

Step 2: Equipment and Ingredients

  • Fine mesh straining bag 22 x 22 cm
  • 1 litre mason / kilner jar
  • 3 litre mason / kilner jar
  • 100g dried blueberries or
  • 100g dried cranberries or
  • 100g dried goji berries or
  • 200g fresh hawthorn berries
  • 1 litre blender / food processor with grinder attachment
  • Weighing scales accurate to 1 gram
  • 1 litre of commercial vodka
  • 2.4 litre Water filter
  • 200g calcined Diatomaceous earth / Kieselguhr (hazardous when inhaled)
  • Dust mask

    Do not add sugar - it's not needed!

  • Step 3: Process the Berries

    If you are using fresh Haw or Sloe berries, make sue that they have gone through a 'Freeze Thaw Cycle' - you can do this artificially by putting them in the freezer, removing them to thaw out and then putting them back in the freezer again. This is really important so do not miss out this step!

    Weigh out the berries that you want to use. I made a little paper 'boat' out of A4 paper with some staples at the corners which was quite handy. Empty the berries into a 1 litre mason jar and add the vodka or your homemade alcohol. Leave this to stand for 24 hours and then transfer to a food processor and whizz up for about 20 seconds for the dried berries but only 5 seconds for the fresh ones or you will start to grind up the seeds. Transfer this back to the 1 litre jar and steep for another 24 hours.

    Now strain the liquid through the fine mesh bag into the 3 litre mason jar and squeeze out any liquid remaining in the pulp at the end. The liquid collected is now ready for filtering.

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    Step 4: Filtering the Berry Infusion

    Add 200g of diatamous earth to the water filter, wearing a dust mask, and then top up the jug with the cloudy berry liquid. It will slowly drip through the white earth coming out bright and clear. If you process more than about 2 litres you might have to give the earth a quick stir as a film of gunk gets stuck on the top surface.
    The first time I processed the haw berries the liquid turned partially to jelly, which was very interesting! I reduced the berry to alcohol ratio and this seemed to work ok. Keep it in a warm place though.

    Step 5: Labels

    Step 6: Tasting Video and Conclusion

    The Cranberry liqueur was by far the favourite in the video tasting session, but in a subsequent session, the Haw berry was probably even more popular, particularly when the amazing health benefits of Haws are considered. Personally, I believe that fresh wild berries such as Haws and Sloes will have much greater health benefits than the other cultivated varieties tested - and they taste better too! I did get hold of some dried unsweetened sour cherries from Albania which produced an 'ok' liqueur and some dried bilberries from Uzbekistan which strangely seemed to have very little flavour ........... But I wonder what fresh strawberry liqueur would taste like? ....... Roll on Summer!

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      6 years ago

      I have no water filter.
      I have tea bag filters
      I have mesh bags
      What else can I use???

      Tecwyn Twmffat
      Tecwyn Twmffat

      Reply 6 years ago

      I did try and think of something cheaper than a water filter, but, sadly no better idea came through. I even tried using my coffee filter.


      7 years ago on Introduction

      Besides the fact that I really don't feel the need to live 131 years I'm pretty sure that you gave us a few good hints to pass the years to come in a healthier and happier state, so thanx for that! Next spring we'll densify our hedges with a lot of sloe, that's a start!

      Tecwyn Twmffat
      Tecwyn Twmffat

      Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

      I dont think Tecwyn started out with the intention of living that long, it was just a bi-product of his healthy lifestyle. Also, travelling at warp speed on the USS Enterprise would have changed his relative age compared to us stuck on planet Earth due to 'Time Dilation'. Tecwyn's equivalent 'Earth Age' is 131, but it would take a very complicated mathematical formula using Einsteins Theory of Relativity to find out his actual age.

      Good luck with the Blackthorn planting! Maybe plant some bushes in some unused bits of land? We call it 'Guerrilla Gardening' in the UK. Now that would make a good Instructable!


      Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

      Did he tell you about other effects of drinking alcohol in a low gravity environment? I also wondered about that but never met someone who made it that far.

      About that guerilla gardening - I had a lot of fun with it last year!

      Tecwyn Twmffat
      Tecwyn Twmffat

      Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

      Yes - I just found it - Thanks! Very Cool! How about planting blackthorn in the night with video?


      Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

      Sounds like my mug of beer! Did you know if those trees are crossbow-able? Just cut a smooth stick of about two feet long, cut a nice point on it, jam it in the crossbow and shoot at 45° or more to be sure it will stick in the ground while it lands. It works with willow, but I never tested with other species...

      Tecwyn Twmffat
      Tecwyn Twmffat

      Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

      Unfortunately they are not like willow. You will need to dig up some 'adventitious roots from shoots' or commonly known as 'suckers'. You should be able to get them for free as they are often a pest in the garden. They grow like crazy!


      7 years ago on Introduction

      Alcohol a superfood that reduces health risks and prevents illness! You gotta love this! Only thing I might love more would be reading through these amusing studies that made up-...err that led to these respectable conclusions.

      To celebrate the rebirth of alcohol I created this humble haiku:

      All hail the alcohol!
      In moderation everything is good!

      A little bit never hurt!

      Tecwyn Twmffat
      Tecwyn Twmffat

      Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

      Hey antioch - a very intelligent comment. I actually agree with you and that's why this 'Ible is a bit 'tongue in cheek'. Another one of Tecwyn's tips for longevity is not to take life too seriously!

      Trouble is is that alchohol has got a very bad name for itself and, used properly, actually has some pretty amazing health benefits. I am really no expert, but I'm sure alcohol would have been used by the local witch doctor for many different things including concocting potions for exploring parallel universes. I actually temporarily cured my dog of her fear of firewoks not so long ago with bread soaked in vodka and I am not a vet.

      Is alcohol a 'superfood'? Who invented the term superfood anyway? I think it is! Let's have a vote?

      I used to do cross country running at high school and one morning I turned up still drunk from the previous evening's debauchery. The teacher obviously smelt the bits that I had managed to pour over my clothes and gave up all hope of the team winning as I was one of the star players. Rather strangely, I won the race and I swear to all the Gods that it was helped by the alcohol.