There are few foraged foodstuffs more favourable to the DIY drinks maker than the blackberry. For the past few days Rich has been poring over cryptically written notes while sampling blackberry based wines from years gone by in order to deliver the finest hedgerow wine recipe he can muster.
Meanwhile, I’m turning my attention to liqueur.
You can make a top notch fruity booze by steeping blackberries in almost any spirit – gin, vodka, rum, whisky, horilka* will all do the trick – but the consensus among blackberry imbibers is that brandy works best.
Our blackberry brandy recipe
For every 70cl bottle of brandy you’ll need about 320g of blackberries and 160g of sugar. I’m happy to use the cheapest booze I can find – the brandy I bought yesterday was so cheap it came in a plastic bottle.
Put all ingredients into clean, sterilised jars with tight fitting lids and shake. Continue to agitate every day or two for a few weeks before reducing the shake frequency to weekly until you’re ready to strain and bottle. Ideally this would be after three months but it will taste perfectly acceptable a few weeks earlier. As with all fruit liqueurs, the bottled drink will continue to improve with age.
*A Ukrainian spirit commonly infused with a multitude of berries, including blackberries, in much the same way as described.
For more blackberry booze…
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