Recipe for Blackberry Vodka

Recipe for Blackberry Vodka

You’ll find lots of food posts on The Travelbunny. I taunt and tempt you with accounts of the luscious food and drink I’ve gorged in places like Turkey, Iceland or Vietnam. I love going on food tours and sampling cuisines from around the world but sometimes the best tastes are right under your nose. Just outside the back gate actually which is where I pick the fruit for my favourite blackberry vodka.

There’s a rambling field at the end of our garden which is teeming with wildlife and it’s covered in a thick tangle of brambles.This year they’re heavy with plump, juicy blackberries aching to be plucked and made into something glorious. Blackberry vodka.

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Blackberries on the Bush

Lush, plump blackberries

Blackberry Vodka

Yesterday I pulled on my wellies (there are Adders in that field), had a good old forage and picked myself a bucketful of blackberries. I’ve put some in the freezer to add a touch of berry heaven to those warming winter apple crumbles. I have jars of dark, gleaming bramble jelly stockpiled from last year so don’t need to make more jam. So, what to do with my haul of blackberries?

Ha! it’s been made into a big bottle of swirling, ruby-coloured gorgeousness. Blackberry Vodka. There’s nothing better than the rosy glow a couple of shots impart on a crisp winter’s evening.

The dark ruby colour makes it the perfect Christmassy tipple or you could use it to concoct a blackberry vodka cocktail. If you make blackberry vodka in August or early September it’ll be ready by Christmas. Delicious!

Here’s how to make Blackberry Vodka. Scroll to the end of the post for a printable version.

Blackberry Vodka

Blackberry Vodka Recipe

500 ml of Vodka – don’t crack open the Grey Goose, a cheap supermarket brand will do nicely.

A bottle of Vodka

500g of freshly-picked blackberries. Rinse thoroughly to remove any bugs.

A bowl of Blackberries

Dark, Plump Blackberries

100g of caster sugar

2 Vanilla Pods

Vanilla pods are my blackberry vodka secret ingredient! Split the pods and scrape the seeds out – add these and just one of the pod casings into the Blackberry Vodka. The second pod I add to a jar of sugar to make vanilla sugar which is lovely for baking.

Sugar and Vanilla Pods

Sugar and Vanilla Pods

I doubled the ingredients because I had so many blackberries and a whopping litre bottle of Vodka.  Made perfect sense…!

How to make Blackberry Vodka

Take a sterilised, airtight Kilner Jar or wide-necked bottle large enough to hold all your ingredients.  Add the blackberries, sugar, vanilla pod and seeds and pour in the Vodka. Yes, it’s that easy!

Making Blackberry Vodka

Adding the Vodka…

Give the jar a good shake to help dissolve the sugar and place in a cool, dark place. Swirl the jar every day for the first week and then occasionally until none of the sugar is visible at the bottom of the jar.  Forget about it for 12 weeks…

After 12 weeks strain the liquid. Rinse a muslin cloth and wring it out tightly to stop any of the precious liquid soaking into it. Place the muslin over a sieve and strain the blackberry infused vodka through it into a wide jug.

It’s important to remove the blackberries at this point otherwise the woody centre of the berry gives the Vodka a bitter taste.

Funnel the liquid into the bottle of your choice – I save any unusual bottles to make it look even more special!  These vintage clip-top bottles are pretty and work perfectly for storing your blackberry vodka. You can drink now or, if you have cast-iron willpower, leave the warm blackberry flavours to infuse even more. Enjoy!

Blackberry Vodka

Blackberry Vodka Recipe

Suzanne Jones
Easy recipe for blackberry vodka
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Drinks

Ingredients
  

  • 0.5 litre vodka
  • 500 grams blackberries
  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 2 vanilla pods optional

Instructions
 

  • Rince and drain the blackberries to remove any bugs.
  • Take a steralised kilner jar and add the blackberries, sugar, one vanilla pod and the seeds from the second vanilla pod.
  • Top up the kilner jar with the vodka. Seal the lid and gently shake to dissolve the sugar.
  • Put in a cool dark cupboard. Shake daily until the sugar is all dissolved. This will take about a week.
  • After 12 weeks strain through a sieve and damp muslin and decant into a pretty bottle. It's important to remove the blackberries at this point or the woody centres will give the vodka a bitter taste.
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Say hello to Aperol Spritz a cheeky little Italian apéritif. I first noticed Aperol Spritz in Venice. As the sun started to set, everywhere I looked people were sipping fluorescent-orange cocktails. In the piazzas and canal-side cafés, in bars, terraces and trattorias. Aperol Spritz.

Read on for how to make it, where to buy it and which glass you should serve it in…

 

Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz Recipe

Of course I had to try it. Aperol Spritz tasted so different from any other Italian drinks I’d tasted before. I’d been Spritzed! Now, whenever I’m in Italy I have to treat myself to at least one glass and take a moment while I enjoy a sunset and the gentle bitterness of this unique tipple.

I’ve quaffed a spritz in Portofino, Positano and Catania to name a few places and I’ll be sure to have a glass or two when I’m in Venice in September. Yup, the future’s orange!

 

Aperol Spritz

 

Where does Aperol Spritz come from?

The Spritz is a legacy from Austria which is why it was originally more popular in northern Italy.  It’s sold in bars and cafés all over the country today and in Spain and the UK too. In fact you can buy Aperol in one of the UK’s leading supermarkets or here online. My Aperol Spritz glass of choice is a large goldfish bowl glass.

 

Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz – Sunshine in a Glass

 

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What does Aperol Spritz taste like?

Decidedly delicious; very slightly bitter with a sweet hint of orange and a light tang of herbs. The Prosecco gives it sparkle and the soda water refreshes. It’s Italy’s answer to Pimms. Summer in a glass.

A Tumbler full of Aperol Spritz

 

Aperol Spritz Recipe

What ingredients make a Spritz?

3 parts Prosecco (75ml)

2 parts of your chosen aperitivo (50ml)

1 part soda water (25ml)

How to Make Aperol Spritz

Start by adding the ice to a large white wine glass or tumbler then pour in the Prosecco and Aperol (or whatever bitter you’re using e.g. Campari). Squirt in the soda water, give it a quick stir, adorn with a slice of fresh orange and you’re ready to spritz.

A glowing sunset, roof terrace or patio garden is the perfect setting or. ideally, drink in a Venice bar with a great view of the Grand Canal.

Have you Spritzed in Italy?  What did you think?

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Aperol Spritz