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|
- 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
- Make sure your litre bottle is clean and sterile – either clean with boiling water or use a campden tablet
- Give your blackberries a good wash in a colander and pick out any stalks etc
- Use a large necked funnel to put into your bottle and pour in the blackberries, then the sugar, vodka, spices and lemon peel.
- Screw the lid on the bottle, give it a good shake and place in the fridge.
- Shake every day for the first week and then now and again for up to 3 months.
- 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.