Uncle Frank's Liqueur Recipes

By Andrew Davidson
on Feb 5, 2024

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Dug up from my 2022 archives, I snagged these high-resolution recipe cards of a beloved 'Uncle Frank's Liqueur Recipes' images I found online with the hope of gleaning some genius nugget of wisdom from past generations. In the end, I found the variety of choices to be odd, and the flavors are not highly unique or desirable. They use food coloring and sugar and vodka as the base for all of these transcribed recipes. These old time recipes use time as a main ingredient, and have month-long finish times. My typed versions are true to the original, but edited and embellished for clarity when copy-paste them later.

Galliano Liqueur

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3.25 cups 80 proof vodka - the cheapest you can buy
  • 3 tsp chopped angelica root
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg grated
  • 3 whole cloves

Syrup make: Boil sugar & liquids 5 to 10 minute, put in bottle after it's cool Add rest of ingredients to bottle, including a little yellow coloring. Shake and Store In a Dark Cool Place. Shake Every Day for 2 to 4 weeks. Strain into a good clean bottle. Serve.

Yellow Chartreuce Liqueur

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 1/4 cup 80 proof vodka
  • 3 tsp hyssop
  • 3 tsp melissa or lemon balm
  • 1 1/2 tsp angelica root finely chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick broken
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

Add all ingredients to bottle, including a little yellow coloring. Shake and Store In a Dark Cool Place. Shake Every Day for 2 to 4 weeks. Strain into a good clean bottle. Serve.

Creme Di Menthe

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Heat the above on the stovetop for 5 minutes until clear. Let cool.
  • Add 3 1/2 cups 8o proof vodka
  • 2 tsp pure peppermint flavor
  • 1 tsp glycerine
  • green food coloring, just a little at a time

Bottle ingredients, put in a cool dark place for a least a week.

O Hara's Irish Cream Liqueur

  • 1 cup Irish Whisky
  • 4 oz. can Condensed Milk
  • 1 tsp Cream of Coconut
  • 2 tsp Hershey Chocolate Syrup
  • 1 cup Whipping Cream

In a bowl, stir in all ingredients. Blend well before adding the whipping cream last, then bottle and refrigerate.

Orange Liqueur

  • 3 medium Oranges, thinly pared (no white)
  • 3 cups 80 proof vodka
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • optional orange coloring

Cut orange peel in 2" pieces, put in a large mouth jar. Add 2 cups of vodka, storing in a cool place for 3 or 4 days. Take out peel, add sugar. Shake until dissolved. Add remaining vodka and stir until clear. Add orange coloring if needed. Keep in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks. Funnel liquid into bottle. Serve.


  • 3 1/4 cups 80 proof Scotch Whisky
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Chopped Angelica Root
  • 1 cup Orange Clover or Wild Honey

Put Scotch and Angelica Root in a jar, let steep 10 to 12 hours. Add honey, stirring with a wooden spoon. Keep in a dark cool place for a month.


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 quart water
  • 3 tbsp instant coffee

Bring these ingredients to a boil then simmer for 1 hour. Allow to cool. Add the remaining ingredients:

  • 2/3 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups 80 proof vodka

Bottle the results.

Cherry Liqueur

  • 2 1/2 cups ripe sweet bing's cherries (usually available between May and August)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups 80 proof vodka
  • 3/4 cup 100 proof vodka
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh nutmeg

Combine in jar, put in a cool, dark place, shaking daily for a week.

Anise Liqueur

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups 80 proof vodka
  • 4 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp anise extract
  • yellow food coloring

Cook sugar and water on low heat, then cool. Pour in bottle. Add remaining ingredients. Add coloring a little bit at a time. Store for 2 weeks.