I am posting this ahead of the upcoming Tennessee blackberry season so when you pick-your-own berries, or purchase at a farmer’s market, you’ll be ready to make a few bottles of Blackberry Liqueur.
It’s really refreshing splashed into a glass and topped with Prosecco or poured over ice with seltzer water. I think a slice of pound cake, a scoop of ice-cream and a trickle of liqueur would be delicious.
How about a cooling (adult) Blackberry Liqueur Snow Cone? Just the thing for a hot summer day and pretty unforgettable.
It only takes a few ingredients……
Fresh, plump, juicy berries……
…a sugar + water simple syrup….all added to a large jar filled with good vodka…
Day 1..this is what it looks like just mixed together…wait a while longer….
….Day 8….a week later and a few shakes this is what is looks like..continue waiting…and shaking….
….Day 15..,wait’s over….ready to strain and sip.
There are so many things we have no control over in our lives. Making things gives me just a bit of control over part of my little corner of the world for a bit. That is why I make things and encourage others to give it a try.
Keep a bottle…gift a bottle…make some more. It’s a simple pleasure.
Fresh Blackberry Liqueur
- 6 cups good vodka
- 4-5 cups fresh blackberries, rinsed & drained
- 2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- Bring water & sugar to a low boil over medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Turn heat to simmer and cook for 15 minutes stirring often. Remove from the heat to cool completely.
- Pour vodka into a large glass container with a lid. Add the berries & simple syrup and gently shake.
- Infuse berry-vodka mixture for 15 days. The berries will lose most of their color. Every few days gently swirl mixture around.
- Pour through a fine mesh strainer twice. Discard the berries. Decant mixture into decorative bottles for gift giving.
For Snow Cones – crush ice and pack into a glass. Drizzle chilled Blackberry Liqueur over the ice. Serve with a spoon and enjoy.
Teresa Blackburn www.teresablackburnfoodstyling.com