Sunday, 11 September 2016

Day 255 - Blackberry Whisky

Three ingredients, no measuring, simple to do .... and so tasty.

I picked this recipe up from John Wright of River Cottage fame from one of his foraging Dvds.  As I had all the ingredients in stock I thought I would give it a go.  

We always have a good supply of whisky, everyone that wants to thank Lovely Hubby for something seems to buy him a bottle of whisky.  The last one was for helping change a spare tyre on our driveway for a couple of visitors to the area, they nipped straight to the shops in Llanrwst and came back with a large bottle of whisky.  We never have the heart to say neither of us likes the stuff, they hear his Scottish accent and assume ... they assume wrong he is a Port man through and through.

Anyway, fill your chosen jar or bottle with blackberries ...

... top up with sugar ....

... and then fill to the top with whisky.

Give your jar a good shake each day until all the sugar is dissolved and keep in a cool, dark place.  And here comes the hardest part ..... you shouldn't strain and drink it for at least two months!!

When it is time to strain it, put the blackberries into a nice clean jar and keep them in the fridge, they will last for quite a while having been preserved in the alcohol and are lovely on ice cream or stirred into an Eton Mess type dessert ..... or just eaten whenever you pass the fridge, and of course you put the whisky into a clean bottle too, and if like us you don't like whisky fear not .... it tastes so fruity it is very drinkable  ;-)

Today is a No Spend Day


  1. Well, you manage to make a practically abstinent girl drool ...

  2. I make this! Just finished this year's batch today. I leave the fruit in for at least 3 months (aiming to have it strained by Christmas) and then leave it to rest for a year. Tastes almost port-like then. I honestly think it is the best use of blackberries.

    It's fabulous if you've a cold too - all warming and cheering!

  3. Our friends make this, we sampled last year's batch about 6 weeks ago and it was lovely, even hubby who does not drink whisky liked it. I have one batch of frozen blackberries left, so maybe will give it a try. (Tip, not sure at what point they strained the fruit off, but I know they strained the liquid through a coffee filter, took forever but the finished result was lovely and clear)

  4. Sure, would frozen blackberries work? I assume so.....
    I'll give this a go at the weekend, thank you!

    1. Yes, I'd let them thaw a little bit before you pour the sugar in or the gaps between them would mean a higher ratio of sugar to fruit. 😊


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