Nocino is an Italian liquor made with unripe, green walnuts. Use it similar to how you might use Kahlua or Bailey's; in coffee with a little cream (because who doesn't want a little liquor with their morning coffee, right?)
Last year's nocino turned out quite good, however, I felt there was room for improvement. It needed to be a little sweeter, in my opinion. We used vodka in our recipe last year but I found recipes where people used rum instead. Rum, being a little sweeter than vodka, seemed like a good idea.
So with a 1.75 liter bottle of white rum in hand, we made nocino part deux!
Instead of trying to cut the green walnuts like last year, we put them in a bag and took them outside and hammered the hell out of them.
Next we washed enough containers that sealed well and added a cup of sugar (one cup total split between however many containers you use.)
Add plenty of warm spices; cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, nutmeg, mace, etc to the containers.
Pour the rum and close the containers. Store in a location that receives little sunlight like a closet.
In about two to three months (just in time for the holidays) strain the nocino through a cheesecloth and enjoy.
We're still drinking what's left of last year's nocino. You can see how the walnuts turn the liquor dark.
Add a little coffee, milk, and whip cream and you've got a tasty drink!
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