Here’s our recipe for making your own boozy wild berry liquor. This liquor can be enjoyed on its own or in the most amazing warming Winter brews & bakes. If you’ve collected lots of berries, then make a big batch & bottle as homemade Christmas prezzies.
What you’ll need:
- Foraged wild berries (then frozen in advance): Haws, Rosehips, Sloes &/or Blackberries
- Spirit of choice:- Vodka, Brandy, Gin or Whiskey
- Empty glass bottle with top
What to do:
- Make sure you’re 100% certain that you’ve correctly identified your wild berries. Do a tolerant test if trying something for the first time & when foraging always follow these sustainable foraging guidelines.
- Decide how sweet you’d like your liquor! For reduced sugar, aim for a 1inch layer of sugar, for a sweeter smoother liquor add a 2-3 inch layer. You can of course add a little more or less depending on your taste. Use the funnel to pour the sugar into the empty bottle.
- Next, fill the bottle with frozen berries, can go right to the top depending on how many you have. Freezing the berries beforehand helps burst the skins & makes for a better infusion.
- Finally top up with bottle with your spirit of choice. We prefer vodka as you get the flavour of the berries rather than the spirit on aswell.
- Cap the bottle firmly & then shake & turn to start dissolving the sugar. Shake the bottle weekly for 4 weeks & then taste. If you’d like it sweeter, add more sugar & leave for another 2 weeks. If you’d like to gift your liquoir, then strain through a fine sieve & re-bottle, otherwise you can pour it straight from the bottle keeping the berries!
- AFTER DINNER DRINK: Pudding in a glass!
- WARMING BREW: Think a hot whiskey with a berry twist. Add a shot or two to a mug, a spoon of honey & then top up with hot water. The ultimate Winter warmer!
- DRIZZLE: Onto the fruity layer of a crumble before topping & baking OR over plain sponges & cupcakes straight from the oven for an extra treats for the adults!
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