After a long day cooking and canning, this drink was exactly what was needed. This post was 20 days in the making - literally.
I've been thinking a lot recently about alcohol and its (likely) historical role in preserving fruit. Also seeing the price tags of interesting liqueurs in the store, I decided that other than the very basics (like vodka), I'm going to make my own - and experiment with the preserving qualities of alcohol. (My thinking is that the evolution of liqueurs was as a by-product of preserving fruit - at least, originally.) It's a difficult subject to research because it's difficult to find anything that's not resoundingly negative about alcohol on the internet.
Anyway, I figured that berries were a good candidate for trying something new. I looked for mixed drink recipes for ideas, then formulated my own method based on these.
So... this blackberry drink: Crème de Muir (or cream of blackberry)
I needed: red wine, vodka (or gin), blackberries, and sugar.
I filled my quart jar about halfway with the frozen berries, so about 1 pints of berries.
Then, I poured 1/2 cup of sugar over the berries.
I filled the jar with 1/2 c gin (or vodka) and 1 1/2 c red wine
Then I closed it and put it in my cupboard for a few weeks (20 days, at the moment.) Sometimes, I shook it up to dissolve the sugar, otherwise, I left it alone.
I started with the half-dozen ice cubes the children hadn't taken...
I added a few blackberries for fun.
And measured out a generous 2-ounce measure of the liqueur. (I had forgotten that most of the beverage was wine, so I could easily have doubled it without fearing too much alcohol.)
I further diluted the liqueur with sparkling water. A 1:1 ratio is a good thing to aim for. I think I put a bit too much.
This was a really enjoyable drink to wind down my day of cooking, canning and babysitting.
This is my entry for this week's @foodfightfriday challenge.
Note: All photos are mine - Nikon 7200. Crossposted on Uptrennd.
Two of my kitchen witches. One hung in my grandmother's kitchen as long as I can remember, so I have mine - adding a certain magickal spice to my cooking, presumably...
My grandmother's now lives in my mother's kitchen.
Previous recipes in Lori's Cookbook
Holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc.)
Cranberry-Berry Sauce (canning too)
Cranberry Juice Drink
Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake
Crustless Pumpkin Pie
Drop Sugar Cookies - Christmas, Valentines, whatever you like!
Gravlax (Swedish Marinated Salmon)
Baking Powder Biscuits
Nearly No Carb Keto Bread - demo only, follow the link to the recipe. (grain free)
Fathead Dough - a grain free substitute for many bread situations!
Sauces & Dips
Food as Medicine
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