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This is one of my favourite ways to use spare blackcurrants.  This is an incredibly easy drink to make, and matures in plenty of time to make a great Christmas tipple - good for gifts too.  This is great as an after dinner drink, or indeed for making Kir.

Ingredients

  • Fresh Blackcurrants
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 whole cloves
  • Vodka or Gin

Making your blackcurrant liqueur

  1. Put some fresh blackcurrants in a jar or empty bottle (I collect nice bottles throughout the year for the purpose) until it is about a third full - Each berry should have its skin pierced with a needle first.
  2. Using a funnel add enough sugar to cover the berries - how much is a matter of taste - don't add too much now, as you can always add this later when you taste the final product.
  3. Add the cinnamon stick and 2 cloves
  4. Fill the bottle with vodka or gin - the cheap stuff is fine for this purpose.
  5. Seal the bottles and give them a good shake.  
  6. Leave them in a dark cupboard for about three months - the longer the better.
  7. Taste, and add more sugar if necessary.

Some people will strain the liqueur through muslin, but I don't bother - I think the berries look fantastic in the bottle and makes a great gift... even better is the fact that you can eat the berries too - although be careful they will be alcoholic!

Variations: Lemon, blueberry or cherry liqueurs

This drink can be made using any number of berries.  Why not try a blueberry, or cherry version?

You could also make a Lemon version by substituting the berries with the rinds of unwaxed lemons, and whilst I have not tried this myself I have also heard of versions of this drink using garlic and chilli! - If you have tried this please let us know how it turned out.

Phyl @ The Allotment Gardener

Lifelong gardener and allotment enthusiast. Now have 3 allotments!

Website: allotment.uk.com
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