25 July 2013

Homemade liquor*

Blackberry liquor in-the-making!
It all started yesterday when I went to check out my blackberry vines to see what I could pilfer for a quick snack.  To my delight, there were hundreds of delicious sun-ripened berries, all waiting to be picked!  As I quickly plucked the berries off the plant, I started to think about making a tasty jam, pie, or cobbler.  But then I had an epiphany:  I will make booze!  Well, it was either divine intervention or I was inspired by memories of a recent viewing of 'Mountain Monsters'.  Did you know that Mothman indeed DOES exist in the foothills of Tennessee?  

I forgot to take a photo of the plump, luscious berries before I picked them; so here are some less-than-ripe ones I left on the vine (to be picked in a few days).

 Fresh blackberries from the garden!

Blackberry Liquor

2 quart-sized Mason jars and lids, washed and sterilized
about 2 pints of fresh, ripe blackberries
1/2 cup sugar
big bottle of vodka (the jug size with a handle- I don't know the volume!)

Wash the berries and put 1 pint in each of the jars.  Pour 1/4 cup of sugar into each jar and fill with vodka.  Seal the jar, shake briefly to mix, and store in a cool, dark place for about 45 days.  Strain the blackberries and serve over ice or neat.  

No need to buy the good stuff- but you can!

A year ago I found a recipe for date-infused bourbon that sounded fabulous, so I figured since I was already buying quart-sized Mason jars, I should make that, too. 

Date-infused Bourbon

1 quart-sized Mason jar and lid, washed and sterilized
12-14 Medjool dates, washed and pitted (Medjool are the biggest, plumpest, and tastiest of all dates!)
750 mL bourbon

Put dates in the bottom of the jar and pour the bourbon over the dates to fill.  Seal and store in a cool, dark place for about 45 days.  Strain the dates and serve!  I plan to use the soaked dates for something else (bread, cookies, etc.).

*If you should see Mothman (or his evil, nest-building counterpart, Grassman) while drinking either the blackberry liquor or the date-infused bourbon, you should stop drinking immediately.

Mountain Monsters approved!

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