Magical Nocino - Italian Green Walnut Liqueur
Recipe type: Drink
Cuisine: Italian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Italy's famous green walnut liqueur Nocino needs to mellow, no tasting before the 3rd November!
  • 23 Green Walnuts
  • Zest from 2 Unwaxed Organic Lemons
  • 2 Cloves
  • 2 All Spice Berries
  • 12 Coffee Beans
  • 2 Vanilla Pods
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 litres of Vodka or 96% proof Alcohol
  • 500 g Light Brown Sugar
  • 500 ml Water
  1. Wash the lemons and leave to dry, and then peel the zest without the pith and add t the alcohol
  2. Split the vanilla pods lengthways down one side and scrape the seeds of the pod into the alcohol, before adding the remains of the pod along with the cloves, cinnamon and coffee beans and add into a large preserving jar.
  3. Wearing rubber gloves as walnuts badly stain, cut each walnut into quarters add into the alcohol with the other aromatic ingredients, close the lid and leave to macerate/steep in a cool dark place during which time the flavours and colours will seep out and infuse with the alcohol.
  4. After 4 months, make a syrup with the water and sugar and simmer for 5 minutes and set aside to cool
  5. Strain the aromatic liquid that your walnuts are steeping in.
  6. Pour the dark liquid into the cooled sugar syrup, stir gently and bottle.
  7. Leave it to rest for 1 more week and have your first taste on November 3rd
Recipe by Life in Abruzzo Food & Travel Guide at