September 28, 2011

Spiced Blackberry Vodka Recipe

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what to do with blackberriesNice recipe photo below huh?  Yes… if you know how to tart up a pic of a plastic bottle holding dark blackberry grog, do let me know!  Anyway, get out into the fields; there are still blackberries to be had, much to my shock and surprise.  I managed to pick just over ½ a kilo last Saturday whilst walking the dog, so wanted to put these prime juicy specimens to good use.

I started to think of the game season which is now almost fully upon us.  Blackberries, spice and game make for very good plate partners.  So, as a shortcut, I thought some spiced blackberry vodka would make a great drink to slurp alongside my game dishes, or even better, to add a burst of flavour to sauces.

Even after just a few days, this spiced vodka tastes delicious, with all the individual flavours coming through.  I shall leave it to brew for a couple of months yet and then try adding to a sauce, or slow cooked dish of either venison or duck.  Oh yes…

Spiced Blackberry Vodka Recipe

Spiced Blackberry Vodka Recipe
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Recipe type: Drink
Author: Sarah Fay
Prep time: 10 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Beautiful sweet, plump blackberries with star anise, cinnamon and just an edge of lemon make for a winning combination in this home made liqueur. You don’t need to over spend on the vodka, a supermarkets own label will be fine.
Ingredients:
  • 75cl bottle of vodka
  • 300g blackberries
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 medium cinnamon stick
  • 2 slices of lemon rind (about ¼ of a large lemon, rind removed with a veg peeler)
  • 1 litre empty bottle – plastic or glass
Method:
  1. Make sure your litre bottle is clean and sterile – either clean with boiling water or use a campden tablet
  2. Give your blackberries a good wash in a colander and pick out any stalks etc
  3. Use a large necked funnel to put into your bottle and pour in the blackberries, then the sugar, vodka, spices and lemon peel.
  4. Screw the lid on the bottle, give it a good shake and place in the fridge.
  5. Shake every day for the first week and then now and again for up to 3 months.
  6. After a maximum of 3 months, sieve off the vodka from the ingredients and bottle. You can use the fruit for a fabulously fruity drunken blackberry fool, or a potent crumble.

 

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