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Homemade Berry Liqueur

Blackberry. Blueberry. Cranberry. Raspberry. Strawberry.

All you need is to decide which berry, a big, large-mouth glass container with lid, decorative serving bottles (or smaller bottles, like mason jars), vodka and sugar. Buy good vodka. I don’t mean the Stoli, Grey Goose or Belvedere variety. Smirnoff is fine. Stay away from the really cheap stuff. What comes out is what goes in. Mix cheap-grain-vodka-that-gives-you-a-headache brand with anything and you’ll still get a headache. I bought a bunch of bottles of Sobieski vodka. It was on sale for wicked cheap and its rating was 90.

See honey ginger liqueur, limoncello and clemencello.

homemade liqueursBerry Liqueur

What you need:

  • 3 c cane sugar
  • 1 c water
  • 3 c fresh or frozen berries
  • 3 c vodka

What you do:

  • Add water and sugar to saucepan; heat slowly.
  • Stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture thickens.
  • Add berries and cook on low until berries soften.
  • Remove from heat and bring to room temperature.
  • Add berry mixture to large container.
  • Add vodka.
  • Secure lid and shake gently.
  • Allow to sit in dark, cool place for at least 1 week.
  • Shake vigorously every day.
  • Strain berries into clean glass bowl, being careful not to crush them.
  • Strain again through fine-mesh strainer.
  • Funnel liqueur into decorative bottles, leaving about ½” space at the top
  • Store bottles in a cool, dark place. If you can’t wait, go ahead and try some. The longer the liqueur sits, the better the taste.