The preparation is very easy, but be careful not to dye your hands with the walnuts. Put rubber gloves and clothes you can spare (just in case 😉 ).
Cut the walnuts in quarters.
Put them in a large glass container with a screw lid.
Grate the zest from the citrus fruits and add it in the jar along with the remaining ingredients.
Pour the alcohol to fully submerge the compounds for the nocino.
Seal the jar and put it in a sunny place for 40-60 days
Once a week or two, you can shake and turn the container upside down to stir the mixture a little bit.
After the time is over, open the jar and strain the liquid into another glass container, preferably a bottle. Now the homemade liquor must be stored in a dark and cool place.
The nuts need to be gathered between the end of May and the beginning of June (in the Mediterranean areas). Your goal is to pick them while they are still very small and soft inside. So, better early than late.
If you want to make this aperitif even healthier you can substitute the sugar with honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar. You can find out more about the healthier white sugar substitutes here.
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