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.
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.