I might hate summer, but I love berries. I also love blackberry liqueur. I have six beautiful blackberry bushes growing in one of our raised gardens. One can only eat so many blackberry cobblers (as I typed that I realized how stupid that sounds!), so hence this luscious, garnet-colored liqueur. It’s delicious with a glug (yes, that’s a word) poured into homemade bubbly champagne: á votre santé! Or, as we say down here: cheers, y’all!
3 cups fresh blackberries
1-1/2 cups vodka
1-1/2 cups brandy
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup warm water
1 long zest/peel from orange
In a glass container (must have lid) combine water and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Once sugar syrup has cooled, add vodka, brandy, blackberries, and orange peel, stirring gently. Cover and place in a dark cabinet. Every few days gently swirl the container and place back in cabinet. After a month, strain liqueur (cheesecloth or metal strainer) and bottle. Age liqueur in a dark cabinet for another month or two.
P.S. Notice the word “HOPE” on the cork-it came from yummy wine made to support breast cancer research! Thank you to a certain tennis player who gave me the wine with that cork!