Blackberry vodka is the perfect drink to sip on a winter’s evening in front of the fire, or to use for a fruity cocktail. It’s simple to make and tastes delicious. Read on for my easy blackberry vodka recipe which I guarantee you’ll make time and time and again.
Home made blackberry vodka
You’ll find lots of food posts on The Travelbunny. I like to 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. Namely blackberry vodka.
Lush, plump blackberries
Blackberry Vodka Recipe
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 and my blackberry vodka recipe is so easy that you’ll make it year after year.
The dark ruby colour makes it the perfect Christmassy tipple or you could use it to make a lush 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 of this blackberry vodka recipe.
Blackberry Vodka Recipe
500 ml of Vodka – don’t crack open the Grey Goose, a cheap supermarket brand will do nicely.
500g of freshly-picked blackberries. Clean thoroughly to remove any bugs – see how below.
100g of caster sugar
2 Vanilla Pods
Vanilla pods are my blackberry vodka recipe 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.
I doubled the ingredients of my blackberry vodka recipe 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.
Fill a larg bowl with enough tepid water to cover your blackberries and add the fruit to it. After around 15-minutes any debris, bugs or larvae should float to the top. Scoop these out with a ladle or cup and repeat the process two more times.
Next carefully drain the fruit and gently spread over kitchen paper to dry out. Any damaged fruit can be used for smoothies or desserts.
Add the blackberries, sugar, vanilla pod and seeds and pour in the Vodka. Yes, it’s that easy!
Give the jar a good shake to help dissolve the sugar and place in a cool, dark cupboard. 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…
When the waiting time is up 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 good to look at 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.
How to serve your blackberry infused vodka
I love this tip from my good friend Viveka in the comments below:
When the time comes to drink your bramble vodka put your bottle in the freezer for a few hours so it’s served thick as oil and ice cold. A couple of hours before you serve rinse the shot glasses in water and put them in the freezer too, so they come out frosty. I’ve tried this and it works a treat.
Let me know how you get on with my blackberry vodka recipe. You might also want to check out my posts on how to make the perfect gin and tonic or my recipe for Aperol Spritz. Do share any blackberry vodka cocktail recipes if you have any favourites. I’m always on the lookout for new ones.
Blackberry Vodka Recipe
- 0.5 litre vodka
- 500 grams blackberries
- 100 grams caster sugar
- 2 vanilla pods optional
- 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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