At the end of the summer, I sent two of my sons and our moose sized dog Dutch, down the lane to pick blackberries. An hour later they returned, almost empty handed, with just a pitiful pile of berries tumbling around the bottom of their bowl. I had envisioned an overflowing bounty upon their return and was confused. "Uhmm, we found out that Dutch likes blackberries too!" they exclaimed with purple stained smiles and ran through the house on to their next adventure.
Clean bowl in hand, I started out to forage by myself, this time leaving the dog snoring softly on the sofa. The result of that afternoon is a fantastic gift, which you can easily make with just a few ingredients; a refreshing Blackberry Infused Vodka.
BLACKBERRY INFUSED VODKA
Blackberry infused vodka
Choose your container(s). I used a set of 12 -8 ounce canning jars to give away as gifts. Use the dishwasher to make sure everything is sterilized.
Create a simple syrup, by mixing 2 cups granulated sugar to 1 cup water. Boil gently on stovetop stirring until sugar is dissolved. Take off heat and cool to room temperature. You can keep this syrup in refrigerator for about a week if you have extra. (Syrup is also lovely spooned into your iced tea with a sprig of mint! )
Use a middle of the road vodka, not too expensive and not too cheap.
Blackberries can be found at most grocery stores, club stores and farmers markets if not available in the wild. Rinse blackberries in colander and drain well.
Place berries into jar, filling it about ¹⁄4 to ¹⁄3 full. Pour in 2 Tbsp of simple syrup. Fill remainder with the vodka and close jar with lid.
Place in refrigerator and gently roll the container every couple of days to blend. Keep in mind, it will have a stronger berry flavor the longer you leave it alone. Leaving it alone will be very difficult to do once you've tasted it!
Cheers towards your spirited Valentine's Day treat!