How to make blackberry vodka
- 40g Blackberries
- 150g Caster sugar
- Vodka, as much as will fit in your jar(s)
- Cloves, or star anise
- STEP 1
Freeze your blackberries in a bag or Tupperware box overnight. This will mimic the first frost, which will make them sweet and juicy. The next morning, mix the frozen berries with the caster sugar in a bowl.
- STEP 2
Pour the berries and sugar into a sterilised jar (or distribute evenly between your bottles). I've also seen recipes that add a sprinkle of cloves (four or five) at this stage, or a star anise, but that is dependent on your own taste.
Top up with vodka, seal securely and give a gentle shake.
- STEP 3
Pop your vodka in a cool, dry cupboard somewhere and shake it a few times in the first couple of weeks. Then forget about it for around three months. If you're harvesting in the autumn, this will make your vodka perfect for Christmas.
- STEP 4
Strain the contents of the jar or bottles through a muslin cloth and into a bowl, leaving the rich, dark purple liquid free from bits of fruit.
- STEP 5
Decant into clean sterilised jars or bottles and serve as a Christmas drink, either straight or with a mixer like soda water or lemonade.