Blackberry and apple vodka recipe

19 Aug

…AKA a photo a day: August 19th…

Yesterday was all about jamming and chutneying. But even after making 10 jars of the blackberry and apple jam, we still had plenty left over.

With the rest of the blackberries, I decided to make a couple of bottles of fruit vodka.

Blackberry vodka

Oh this is a sight for sore eyes!

We have some seriously cheap, seriously nasty, seriously eye-watering bottles of vodka that have been sitting in our larder ever since my 30th birthday party nearly five years ago. I massively over-ordered on the booze, and for a while went through a phase of cooking everything in a vodka sauce (which is pretty tasty, actually) but somehow these two bottles had escaped that mania unscathed.

But they are much, much too vile to be drunk alone (I hasten to point out, for my birthday they were made into Moscow Mules, I didn’t just force all my friends to drink cheap and nasty vodka on its own) so the addition of some fruit is the perfect solution.

It’s a very simply recipe, based on sloe gin, but which can be adapted to vodka or pretty much any fruit as well.

Ingredients:

  • A litre bottle of gin or vodka, two thirds full
  • 200g of sugar
  • Approximately 300g of blackberries

What to do:

1. Pour the sugar into the bottle of vodka, using a funnel

2. Shake well (with the lid on, obviously) until the sugar is well dissolved

3. Stuff the fruit into the top until the bottle is completely full up. This was around 300g of blackberries in this case, but just keep on going until the bottle is full. Shake again.

4. Store in cool dark place. Check on it every few days or once a week for the first month or so and give it a good shake.

5. Leave it for at least three months before drinking. Ideally, you could leave it about two years for the flavours to really infuse the vodka. But, I should say, the very best sloe gin I ever drank was 21 years old.

blackberry vodka

It’s tempting to drink this straight away, it looks so utterly delicious, but one whiff of the cheap vodka inside put me off immediately… In a year, though, it’ll be a different story.

Other fruits:

You can use all sorts of other fruits (as well as substituting the vodka with gin, of course…) Keep the sugar / booze / fruit ratios the same, but any of these would work too:

  • Cherry vodka. I made some of this last year with the sparse crop from my new morello cherry tree. (18 cherries, if you’re wondering.) Cut the cherries in half and you can either leave the pip in or remove it. If you leave it in, it tastes a bit like almonds as well, which is actually very delicious. This definitely takes a while for the flavours to infuse though. We tested ours after eight months and it was quite unpleasant. Now, about 14 months later, it’s really good…
  • Sloe gin. This is the classic, of course. Prick the sloes all over before adding.  Sloes are ready to be harvested in Autumn time, so keep an eye out for them soon. The gin you make should be ready for drinking in time for Christmas, so this can be a perfect present.
  • Damson gin. Again, prick the damsons before adding to the gin.
  • Apple vodka. This was a new one for me, but I also made a bottle of it yesterday. I had some slightly unripe windfall apples in the garden, so I decided to try a bottle and see how it goes. If you’re still reading this blog in 18 months, I’ll give you the verdict! This is what they looked like before being mixed together:
apple vodka

I’ve got to say, I don’t think this looks hugely appealing right now. We’ll have to see whether it improves with age…

Tell me, do you have any other great fruit / booze combinations I should try?

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7 Responses to “Blackberry and apple vodka recipe”

  1. sian August 27, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    ooh am definitely going to try the blackberry vodka! i also have some cheap & nasty vodka lurking in the cupboard ;)

  2. Claire Buxton September 16, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    Oh, just a thought, have you tried blackberry AND apple together in the same bottle of vodka? Sounds as though it could work…

  3. victoriawade December 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    Sounds yum- I’m definitely going to try Blackberry vodka next year! This year my pantry is jam packed full of sloe gin and banoffe vodka (the delicious combo of several overripe bananas and a slightly burnt batch of caramel which I couldn’t bring myself to throw away!) x

    • Wolves in London December 12, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

      Wow that sounds like an amazing pantry! Have never even heard of banoffee vodka, but it sounds absolutely phenomenal…

      • victoriawade December 17, 2013 at 11:15 am #

        It’s pretty yummy! :)

  4. Alison at Sylvan House September 12, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    Ooh, I don’t think I could wait 21 years!! I’ve just hopped over from circle of pine trees, hello! X

    • Wolves in London September 12, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

      Hey Alison, thanks for hopping! Ha, I know, 21 years is a long time. A friend of mine’s father made a whole batch in the year she was born (I mean, really a lot, I think, so he could drink lots of it in the meantime as well) and saved one bottle for her 21st birthday. It was delicious, but we quaffed it in within 30 minutes, and I feel now that we really should have sipped a little slower!

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