What does autumn mean? Blackberries. And what do blackberries mean? Blackberry vodka. Yesssss!
This is a recipe for making your own blackberry vodka, but actually you could use any soft fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants etc) and any spirit (dark or light rum, brandy, gin etc). Damson brandy is rather lovely, as is spiced blackberry white rum (Bacardi or similar). Why not make a few and have a tasting party? :)
Blackberry vodka is super-simple to make, but patience is definitely a virtue – try leaving the liqueur for a year without drinking it, if possible, as the taste will improve in this time.
- 70cl bottle of vodka (or spirit of your choice)
- 250g sugar
- 500g blackberries (or soft fruit of your choice)
- Optional – add spices such as cinnamon sticks or mulled wine flavouring bags for an interesting twist
- Rinse and drain the fruit. Put it into a large clip-top airtight jar, such as a Kilner jar, cover with the sugar and the vodka, close the lid (make sure it’s tightly sealed) and shake well.
- Leave the jar somewhere you’ll remember to shake it regularly, but out of direct sunlight (a dark corner of the kitchen would be perfect).
- Shake the jar vigorously once a day for a week.
- After the first week, shake the jar vigorously once a week for two months.
- Sieve the contents of the jar (you could use the boozy berries in a trifle or other pudding – no need to waste them!) and decant the liquid into beautiful bottles.
- Shake the bottles once a month for a year, if you can manage to go that long without drinking the liqueur! ;)