- 1 lb Blackberries
- 1 lb Sugar
- 1 bottle of Vodka (75cl)
- A large jar
- Straining Bag
- Wooden spoon
This really is the simplest thing to make, but tastes far more sophisticated than it should. Makes a great gift for Christmas, should you have the willpower to not sip away at it.
Preparing the Blackberries: Place in salted water for a couple of hours or overnight to get rid of the grubs. Carefully take them out in batches, wash in a sieve. Freeze in 1lb bags.
If you are using fresh Blackberries, I would still freeze them once to help break them down. Freeze overnight, then thaw out & use.
Place the Sugar in a large jar (Kilner Jars are good, or I use old sweet shop jars foraged from car boot sales).
Pour over the Vodka & stir until the Sugar is dissolved (save the bottle in case you want to rebottle it).
Throw in the Blackberries & stir vigorously.
Put on the lid and put away somewhere dark for a month (stir the contents once a day).
Strain through the bag into another jar & either bottle or keep in the jar.