- Fresh Blackcurrants
- Cinnamon Stick
- 2 whole cloves
- Vodka or Gin
Making your blackcurrant liqueur
- 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.
- 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.
- Add the cinnamon stick and 2 cloves
- Fill the bottle with vodka or gin - the cheap stuff is fine for this purpose.
- Seal the bottles and give them a good shake.
- Leave them in a dark cupboard for about three months - the longer the better.
- 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.