Make and Take "Nocino" (Black Walnut Liqueur) 6/23/2022

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Thursday June 23

6:30 PM  –  8:00 PM

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Preregistration required. This program is suitable for adults 21+

Nocino, walnut liqueur, has been made from immature white walnuts in northern Italy for centuries. Known for its bittersweet character, nocino makes for an excellent digestif and is very versatile in cocktails. In this hands-on class, we’re making a hyper-local version of this nutty liqueur by using our native black walnuts. We’ll head out to pluck immature walnuts, provide you with a lidded jar, then walk you through the steps to create your own nocino.

Matt Groves from Karrikin Spirits Company will provide tips for using nocino in cocktails and prepare some cocktail samples from pre-prepared nocino.

You’ll receive instructions on next steps (walnuts need to steep in vodka for several months before being strained out. Add your own water and sugar before the bottle is left to rest until Christmas holiday time). When it’s all said and done, you’ll have about a pint of nocino.

What does nocino taste like: According to chef Alan Bergo, nocino tastes a bit like black jelly beans, and a little bit like Jaegermeister, but milder.

What to expect: We will be hiking, possibly off trail, for about ½ mile before returning to the barn. Dress with sturdy, close-toed shoes. Long pants recommended.

Location: Meet at the White Creekside Barn at Long Branch Farm & Trails.

Member adult $25; nonmember adult $35 (includes daily admission).

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