Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Blackberry Vodka


I’ve always loved blackberries, but I’ve never had bushes of my own; when you go and pick them in the wild or at a farm, you can generally manage to eat or can all the berries you pick. However, since moving into a farmhouse with venerable, huge, and productive bushes, I can’t keep up.

Even with the massive amount of blackberries that I have been eating (it has been a lot, I might go Violet Beauregard status and turn into a giant blackberry), I’ve been looking for other things to do with the berries. Since I love flavored vodkas, I thought I’d try my hand at the DIY variety.

Blackberry Vodka Fixins'

Here’s what I did:

1. I picked the juiciest berries- even the ones that were on the edge of being over-ripe- and I picked a TON of them.

2. I put them in a colander, washed them, and patted them dry with a paper towel.

3. I put them in a blender and used the “pulse” button to break them up slightly, but not totally destroy them.

4. I poured that goopey mess into mason jars, filling them between 1/3 and 1/2 full.

5. I poured generic, un-flavored vodka in to fill the jars.

6. I capped the jars and shook them like a dog out of water.

7. I put them on a high shelf out of the sunlight.

What I will do now:

1. Shake them every day or two for a month or two.

2.When I am satisfied that the vodka has gotten enough berry flavor, I will pour the mix through coffee filter to strain out the leftover berry goop.

3. I’ll store the finished blackberry vodka in a pretty bottle and maybe even use it for gifts.

I’ll let you know how it turns out!


  1. This looks DELICIOUS! Can't wait to visit you and try some.

  2. Maybe if you're lucky I'll bring some with me when I visit! <3