an easy blackberry liqueur recipe
I went into a deep dive of brunch recipe brainstorming a couple of months ago, and the blackberry bramble cocktail kept popping onto my radar. There was just one problem: it requires blackberry liqueur, and I definitely didn’t have any of that. So rather than shelling out the cash on having some shipped to me, I decided to make my own. And now you can have homemade blackberry liqueur, too. 🙂
how do I make blackberry liqueur?
Easy. It’s a simple combination of fresh blackberries, sugar, water, and vodka. Combine everything in a tightly sealed jar, and store it for as long as you can hold out.
I’ve seen a lot of recipes that call for red wine, but we aren’t doing that here. In my opinion, the red wine can overpower the simple fruit in this liqueur, so we aren’t going that route. Keeping this recipe simple really lets the blackberry flavor shine, which is exactly what we want.
I stored the first batch for two months before tasting it, and I loved it. However, I wanted to see if it was possible to have a delicious blackberry liqueur in a shorter amount of time. I made a second batch, tasted it after ten days, and loved it, too! But the differences were noticeable in both taste and color. The younger liqueur was fresh, vibrant, and brightly colored. The older one was much less vibrant in color, but much more complex in flavor.
That being said, try to let this blackberry liqueur blend for at least two weeks before using it. If you have ample time though, I definitely recommend storing it for a couple of months. I feel like we have a couple of months of quarantine remaining, so why not make some blackberry liqueur now? If you make it this week, it will still be ready for warm weather drinks! 🙂
what is a good blackberry liqueur cocktail?
One of the best cocktails you can make with blackberry liqueur is a blackberry bramble. If you want to make a bramble, click this link to get the recipe! In short, it is 2 ounces of gin, 1/2 an ounce of fresh lemon juice, 3/4 ounces simple syrup, and 3/4 ounces of homemade blackberry liqueur floated on top. Serve it over crushed ice.
While you’re waiting for your liqueur to blend, here are some of my other favorite fruit-based cocktails:
- skinny blackberry margaritas
- grilled peaches + bourbon
- grilled pineapple + jalapeno margaritas
- blueberry cilantro margaritas
Lastly, if we are talking blackberry liqueur and brambles, we need to talk Crème de Mûre. You’ll most likely see that brambles call for this ingredient.
what is Crème de Mûre?
Crème de Mûre IS blackberry liqueur, made with blackberry juice. It hails from France, and can be found pretty easily at major stores or online. It sells for under $20, but if you make your own blackberry liqueur at home, you can save yourself about $15. 🙂 But yes, Crème de Mûre is blackberry liqueur from France.
homemade blackberry liqueur
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup vodka
- 6 ounces blackberries (about 1 1/4 cups)
- Stir the sugar and water together in a glass mason jar.
- Add blackberries and vodka, and gently smash the blackberries as you stir them into the sugar and water.
- Seal the jar, and store it in a dark, cool place for at least two weeks, preferably up to two months. Shake the jar every few days, if possible.
- Strain the contents through a fine mesh sieve, and into a new sealable container.
- Use for cocktails, or drink on the rocks. Store in the refrigerator for up to six months.