|homemade blackberry vodka|
homemade blackberry vodka (or gin)
Homemade blackberry vodka (or gin) is one of my favourite ways of preserving and using the seasonal abundance of fresh blackberries. In my recipe, the blackberry vodka is ready to drink immediately, no steeping or leaving the blackberries to infuse their flavour for several months. Instant blackberry vodka! The whole process is speeded up by heating the blackberries to release their juices, and then adding this pure blackberry juice to the vodka. A bit of sugar helps sweeten things up, and feel free to play around with the addition of different herbs and spices too.
I have added a few of my favourite flavour variations below. This makes a lovely homemade food gift too.
recipe by Ema at De Tout Coeur Limousin
preparation and cooking time: less than 30 minutes
makes about 750ml
600g blackberries - washed
500ml vodka (or gin)
optional flavour variations:
heat the blackberries gently in a large saucepan for about 10-15 minutes until they completely soften and release their juices. Add any of the optional flavour variations you choose at this stage
sieve the blackberries to remove the seeds (and any added herbs/spices). Mash with the back of a wooden spoon or potato masher to get as much juice out as possible
put the blackberry juice back onto the heat with the sugar until dissolved
remove from the heat, sieve the juice again, and allow to cool for a few minutes before mixing in the vodka and pouring into clean, sterilized bottles. Cool completely, then store in the fridge
serve neat over ice - or with a mixer. It's delicious with tonic water or sparkling water
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