It’s blackberry picking season! Our favorite time of year, because that means we get to make Blackberry Liquor!!! Because we lived in Mt. Baldy for awhile, we have great access to some yummy fresh blackberries that grow along the creek. We enjoy taking a half day to go up, be in nature and pick blackberries right off the vine. It’s actually very meditative because you are so focused on not getting poked by the thorny vines 😉 okay and also, we’re surrounded by beautiful trees and the sound of water trickling nearby. But seriously, those thorns are pokey! Here’s a cute picture of us about to get poked 😉
We look happy here… And then here’s a photo of the blackberry bushes…
Seeeeee, thorns!!! Yikes… But look at those blackberries!!! Ohhh yummm! I have visions of blackberry pie swirling through my head. It’s time for another foodie doodle!
And this is what happens when you pick blackberries… See, we work hard for your benefit. Okay, really we benefit, but you get the picture. It’s a process to get them blackberries into a pie. No, that is not blood on my hand… it’s yummy blackberry juice!
If you want to add a special touch to your pie recipe, then try this amazing secret… pour in some Blackberry liquor. Blackberry liquor, also known as Kir Royale, is commonly found in France, where they cure fresh blackberries in sugar and vodka. You can add 1-2 teaspoons (usually you measure two fingers horizontally held up to the bottom of your glass and pour the liquor in first) into your champagne or add it over crepes or pancakes, or of course, pie… very yummy! Here is the simple recipe:
Fill one large mason jar with 2 cups of Super Fine Baker’s Sugar, 2 cups of rinsed blackberries, and then fill to the top with your favorite vodka. Place the jar in a cool, dark place and give the jar a few turns by hand every few weeks. After a few months, you’ve got a delightfully sweet liquor. Strain the mix and keep it stored in a jar near your spices and oils to easily add to recipes! The blackberry liquor also makes a great home made Christmas gift or present for a friend or loved one. We dress up fancy bottles and tag them with directions about how to use the blackberry liquor in champagne or on top of foods!
And there you have it! Amazing homemade blackberry liquor. Of course I won’t tell if you do a shot of this stuff straight. I know you want to try it… so go ahead, just be safe 🙂
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