This article was written for Annabel & Grace, which is now part of Rest Less.
Ingredients (makes 1 litre)
1ltr (1¾pt) vodka
600g (1lb 3½oz) blackberries, fresh
2tbsp caster sugar
How to prepare
Pour the vodka into a large, sterilised Kilner jar or similar container. Add the blackberries and the sugar, then seal tightly and give the jar a good shake. Leave in a cool, dark place for 3 days to allow the flavours to infuse, shaking daily.
Strain the berries and vodka through a fine sieve lined with muslin or a new, clean, damp cloth. (It’s important that the fine debris in the mixture is removed from the liquid otherwise it will ferment and spoil the vodka.) You may have to do this a couple of times to remove all traces of the fruit.
Pour the vodka into sterilised bottles or jam jars and seal them securely. Keep chilled and consume within 8 weeks.
Tip To sterilise glass jars or bottles, wash with hot, soapy water and rinse clean. Alternatively, put them through a hot dishwasher cycle. Dry in the oven for 1 hour at gas 1, 140°C, fan 120°C.