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Easy recipe for Blackberry Vodka

Blackberry vodka is the perfect festive drink to sip on a chilly winter’s evening in front of the fire, or to use for a deliciously fruity summer cocktail.

Blackberry vodka is very simple to make and tastes absolutely delicious. Read on for my easy blackberry vodka recipe which I guarantee you’ll be making time and time and again, year after year.

Blackberry vodka recipe
Home made blackberry vodka
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You’ll find lots of food posts on The Travelbunny. I like to tempt you with accounts of some of the luscious food and drink I’ve enjoyed 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. I do love a local forage!

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. Every year they’re heavy with plump, juicy blackberries just asking to be plucked and made into something glorious. Blackberry vodka.

I’ve been making this delicious blackberry liqueur for years and today I’m sharing my failsafe recipe for blackberry vodka so you can make it and enjoy it too.

Blackberries on the Bush

Lush, plump blackberries

Blackberry Vodka Recipe

Yesterday I pulled on my wellies (there are grass snakes 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. But, what to do with my haul of blackberries?

Ha! it’s already 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 my easy blackberry vodka recipe.

Blackberry Vodka
home made blackberry vodka

Easy Blackberry Vodka Recipe

Ingredients for simple blackberry vodka recipe

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

1 kg of freshly-picked blackberries. Clean thoroughly to remove any bugs – instructions on how to do that can be found below.

250g of caster sugar

4 Vanilla Pods

Non-branded vodka from the supermarket
Dark, Plump Blackberries

Secret ingredient for Blackberry Vodka

I like to add a secret ingredient to my recipe to give it extra mellowness and a hint of warmth. Vanilla pods are my blackberry vodka recipe secret ingredient!

Use four pods to 1 litre of vodka. Split the pods and scrape the seeds out of all four pods and add them, and just one of the pods, into the Blackberry Vodka. Use the remaining leftover seedless pods to make vanilla sugare. Just add them to a jar of sugar to make vanilla sugar – it add a little something special to your baking.

Caster sugar and Vanilla Pods

I had so many blackberries last year that I made 2-litres of blackberry vodka. It lasts and lasts so we were enjoying this tasty tipple for months!

My Blackberry Vodka Recipe

Take a sterilised, airtight Kilner Jar or wide-necked bottle large enough to hold all your ingredients.

Fill a large 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!

Adding 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 8-10 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 not to leave your blackberries infused in the Vodka for more than 10 weeks otherwise the woody centre of the berry gives the Blackberry Vodka a bitter taste.

Funnel the liquid into the bottle of your choice – I save any pretty 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.

What goes with Blackberry Vodka?

Another way to serve your blackberry liqueur is with Prosecco for a delicious summer cocktail. 30/70 liqueur to Prosecco works well, garnish with fresh blackberries.

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
Yield: 20 servings

Easy Recipe for Blackberry Vodka

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Blackberry infused vodka

Ingredients

  • I bottle (70cl) Vodka
  • 1 kg blackerries
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 4 Vanilla Pods

Instructions

    Add the blackberries, sugar, vanilla pods and seeds into an airtight sterilised 1.5 litre kilner jar and pour in the Vodka.

    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 8-10 weeks…

    Strain into a pretty bottle. 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 before bottling.

    Serve chilled from the fridge or with Prosecco.

Notes

Be sure not to leave the blackberries infusing in the vodka for more than 12 weeks otherwise the woody heart of the berry will give your blackberry vodka infusion a bitter taste.

Nutrition Information

Yield

18

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 56Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 0gSugar 14gProtein 0g

Nutritional information is estimated.

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Fred Barrett

Saturday 27th of August 2022

Fab recipe. Works the same way with Gin. After bottling the fruit works well in 50/50 fruit sugar jam as around 1/3rd of the weight of fruit - (1/3rd each of fruit, spent berries and apple with some lemon juice at the end)

Suzanne Jones

Saturday 27th of August 2022

Ooh! Thanks, I hadn't thought of doing that, great idea. I need to find a new stash of blackberries - they're building on the field I used to go to.

Sheila

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

Viveka

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!

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