I love blackberries - straight off the vine from the juicy hybrid variety in my garden or out of the hedgerow opposite - on to my breakfast muesli or in a crumble. But if time eludes you here is a recipe for blackberry liqueur that is so quick and easy even the most time poor person can fit it in!
All you need is:
A litre (2.2 pint) kilner jar or similar
A kilo (2.2 lb) of fruit
200g (7 oz) of sugar
70 cl (24 fl oz) vodka
Pick the blackberries and wash them.
Pour them into the jar.
Add the sugar. You can reduce the amount if you have very sweet berries or if you want to minimise sugar. If the liqueur is too tart add sugar later on.
Fill up with vodka.
Place in a cupboard.
Upend and shake the jar to start dissolving the sugar.
Return to it every week to admire and upend and shake.
The vodka will be ready by Christmas but it will infuse and mature if kept for longer.
When you are ready, strain the mixture and filter through muslin. You can add sugar or honey to sweeten to taste. Use the blackberries in an adult crumble or dip in chocolate for a real treat! Enjoy your liqueur with friends.
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