Drinks

Blackberry Liqueur

Blackberry Liqueur is easy to make and versatile to use. It’s wonderful by itself or mixed with some prosecco or white wine. Blackberry Liqueur is also wonderful on ice-cream or as a flavoring in baked goods. Put some in decorative bottles for lovely holiday gifts – if you can bear to part with it.

This photos shows two crystal glasses of blackberry liqueur on a purple and light green cloth.  One class is in the lower left side of the photo. The other is farther back and to the right. There is a decorative bottle filled with blackberry liqueur in the background on the left. The liqueur is a deep reddish purple.

When I was a kid, I loved the Anne of Green Gables stories. We even visited Green gables on Prince Edward Island on one of our family vacations.  One part of the story always puzzled me though.

How on earth could Diana get so drunk on currant wine? I didn’t grow to like wine until I was in my 30’s so it was hard to imagine a wine that was so delicious a child would drink lots of it.

BBC food had a recipe for blackberry liqueur so I thought I’d give it a try. The recipe was pretty vague and overly sweet so I’ve made some adjustments.

At first glance making blackberry liqueur looks time consuming. I mashed blackberries into red wine and let it sit for 2 days. Then it took a few hours to strain out the seeds and skins. But that’s just waiting.

Two glasses and a bottle of blackberry liqueur sit on a checked cloth.  The view is from about 60 degrees above the table. One wine glass is in the lower right corner of the photo and the other is in the upper left. The decorative bottle filled with blackberry liqueur is directly behind the glass on the right. The blackberry liqueur in the glasses is a reddish purple. The liqueur in the bottle appears a dark red wine color.

The actual time I was doing something was less than half an hour. I think putting the finished product into a bottle was the hardest part because I don’t have a funnel.

The result is just amazing. I could see Diana getting drunk on this. You really can’t taste the alcohol or the wine in the blackberry liqueur. If you’re going to use it right away and keep it refrigerated, you could skip the vodka and reduce the alcohol content.

Blackberry liqueur is amazing poured over vanilla or chocolate ice-cream. It’s great with fruit pies, custards, cakes, or all by itself. You can also use it as a flavoring in your baked goods. Drizzle a little blackberry liqueur on sponge cake and top with whipped cream for a delightful fruity cake.

Blackberry Liqueur

Two glasses and a bottle of blackberry liqueur sit on a checked cloth. The view is from about 60 degrees above the table. One wine glass is in the lower right corner of the photo and the other is in the upper left. The decorative bottle filled with blackberry liqueur is directly behind the glass on the right. The blackberry liqueur in the glasses is a reddish purple. The liqueur in the bottle appears a dark red wine color.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 days
Total Time 2 days 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (one bottle) red wine
  • 5 cups blackberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vodka

Instructions

  1. Crush blackberries in the red wine. You can use a food processor or blender for this. Put in a covered container and let sit for 2 days. I put mine in jars and shook them twice a day to mix.
  2. Strain the mixture through muslin or paper towels. It took several hours for mine to fully strain through paper towels. You can fold muslin over and squeeze the juice out to speed things up.
  3. Place in a large pot and add 1 1/2 cups sugar. Heat until sugar just dissolves. If desired, add more sugar to taste.
  4. Mix in vodka and pour into bottles for storage. Store in a dark, cool place for up to one year.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 147Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 21gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is provided as a guide only. Please consult a dietician for specific dietary needs.

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