Cheap booze? Yes please! Icelandic liquor prices can be insane, so here is a way to get a buzz in your own home for much less: A home-made hard cider. All you need is apple juice, bread yeast sugar, and a bottle. I’m using a fancy stopped version from Ikea, but even a 2-liter soda bottle will do.

Cheap Booze
Recipe Type: Drinks
Author: Sæþór Benjamín Randalsson
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Serves: 2
Dead simple to make, takes only 3-5 days
  • 1 liter of apple juice
  • 1 dl of sugar
  • 1 tsp of yeast
  • bottle that can be made airtight
  • funnel (optional but helps prevent spilling)
  1. Add juice to the bottle
  2. Add sugar to the juice and shake till dissolved
  3. Add yeast to the bottle and shake till dissolved
  4. Leave the bottle for 3 days unstopped (i. tappann úr/lausann í/ekki á) or 4 for less sweet but more alcohol at room temperature
  5. Stopper (i. tappann í/á) and leave one more day at room temperature
  6. Put in refrigerator for at least a day
  7. Remove from the fridge and undo the airtight seal to let the excess air out, then reseal
  8. Enjoy your cheap booze!
Pour the apple juice into your container, leaving room for the eventual foam. Pouring one liter of apple juice into a 2-liter bottle works perfectly.[br][br]Now mix in 1 deciliter of sugar, shake till combined, add one teaspoon of yeast, and shake to combine.[br][br]Leave the bottle unstopped at room temperature because this mixture will create tons of air from the fermentation process. If using a 2 liter, rubber band some saran wrap around the lid, if using the rubber Ikea bottle, just leave it unclasped. The idea is not to let dust in, but to let the air the yeast creates out.[br][br]Wait 3 days, and put the stopper tight, or screw on the lid if using a soda bottle, wait one more day at room temperature. This will carbonate the mixture.[br][br]Now place it in the fridge for at least a day to kill the yeast, and you are ready to drink. The alcohol content is around 5-10%, and the taste is quite nice. Leave for an extra day before stoppering for stronger alcohol content, but less sweetness to the taste.


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