Thursday, 29 August 2013
Blackberry Whisky...or Brandy
5 year old Big Boy helped me, pointing individual blackberries out as I reached precariously from a wobbly stepladder. He is excited about Blackberry & Apple Jam and the Blackberry & Apple Pie to follow, but I haven't owned up to him yet that about half the blackberries are destined for Mummy & Daddy's favourite - Blackberry Whisky.
I stumbled across River Cottage's Blackberry Whisky recipe several years ago, when I last had a bumper harvest of blackberries and was looking for new ideas. The recipe is very simple but doesn't give amounts so my whiskys over the years have been a bit trial and error, but always tasty.
I think what I've done in previous years is make it like my Sloe Gin, and this is what I've done this year:-
75cl cheap whiskey
Put all the ingredients into a large kilner jar. If you don't have a large kilner jar you will need 2 screw cap spirit or wine bottles and put half the ingredients into each. Store in a dark place and tip upside down a few times every few days to dissolve the sugar. Ready in 2 months. At this point you can strain the whisky but I've always left them in out of laziness with no ill effects.
Blackberry brandy would also be great. But as I intend to make Sloe Brandy later in the year I'm sticking with whisky again.
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