Skip to Content

Simple recipe for Blackberry Vodka

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. 

Blackberry vodka is 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.


Blackberry vodka recipeHome made blackberry vodka

This post may contain compensated links. Find more info in my disclaimer.


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.


Blackberries on the BushLush, 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 Vodkahome made blackberry vodka


Blackberry Vodka Recipe

Ingredients for simple 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


A bottle of VodkaNon-branded vodka from the supermarket


A bowl of BlackberriesDark, Plump Blackberries


Secret ingredient for Blackberry Vodka

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.


Sugar and Vanilla PodsSugar and Vanilla Pods


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 or bugs should float to the top. Scoop these out with a ladle or cup and repeat the process twice more. 

Next carefully drain the fruit and gently spread over kitchen paper to dry out. Any damaged fruit can be used for blackberry smoothies, sorbets or desserts. Blackberry ice cream is good too.

Add the blackberries, sugar, vanilla pod and seeds and pour in the Vodka. Yes, it’s that easy!


Making Blackberry VodkaAdding the vodka to the rest of the blackberry vodka ingredients


Give the jar a gentle 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.

The blackberry vodka is ready. You can drink it now or, if you have cast-iron willpower, leave the warm blackberry flavours to infuse even more. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


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

Easy recipe for blackberry vodka

  • 0.5 litre vodka
  • 500 grams blackberries
  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 2 vanilla pods (optional)
  1. Rince and drain the blackberries to remove any bugs.

  2. Take a steralised kilner jar and add the blackberries, sugar, one vanilla pod and the seeds from the second vanilla pod.

  3. Top up the kilner jar with the vodka. Seal the lid and gently shake to dissolve the sugar.

  4. Put in a cool dark cupboard. Shake daily until the sugar is all dissolved. This will take about a week.

  5. 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.

blackberry vodka recipe

Pin it!

Blackberry vodka

This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase through these links, I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you.



Sunday 18th of July 2021

Can you make this without the sugar as I loathe sweet drinks?

Suzanne Jones

Wednesday 21st of July 2021

You could try with less sugar but as it's a preservative I think you need a certain amount. Alternatively you could add more vodka after it's made to dilute the sugar content.

Jean H Waring

Monday 7th of September 2020

Is it really left for 12 weeks? Other recipes call for 5 days...? Do you keep it in the fridge?

Suzanne Jones

Tuesday 8th of September 2020

Yes, keep it for 12 weeks max in a cool dark place. Shake daily for the first few days to dissolve the sugar. That's the way I've made it for about 8 years.

Viveka Gustavson

Sunday 30th of August 2020

Quite upset that you use that vodka ... when you could have used Absolute. *laughing Love both ingredients ... so this I will give a go. Have nothing else to do. And an advice from somebody from the vodka country up in the North. Always keep your bottle in the freezer, so it's served thick as oil and ice cold. A couple of hours before you serve your shots .. rinse the shot glasses in water and put them in the freezer too, so they come out frosty. That is how to treat a vodka.

Suzanne Jones

Monday 31st of August 2020

I didn't want to spoil decent vodka by adding sugar etc! Hope we can have a drink together in the not too distant future


Saturday 31st of January 2015

Can I exchange a bottle of my pink lemonade for one of those????? Love my vodka and love blackberries .... never find them sweet enough anymore.

Suzanne Jones

Sunday 1st of February 2015

Ha ha - I'll see what I can do!

Russel Ray Photos

Friday 19th of September 2014

I'm not a big fan of vodka, but if I could find blackberry or raspberry vodka, I just might change my tune!........LOL

Suzanne Jones

Friday 19th of September 2014

I rarely drink Vodka either but this tastes just gorgeous - especially for Christmas, the colour is so pretty :)