Thursday, 29 July 2010
Seasonal Recipe Day!!!
Here as promised are two great Winter warmers. I published both last year but some folk are asking again so I make no excuses for repeating them both. Blackberries are almost ready here - and very prolific this year so far - sloes are still hard and green and will not be ready until late October, and after a frost or two.
Blackberry whisky. (In the photograph)
This is so easy and the result is the most beautiful jewelled red.
1lb blackberries; 1lb granulated sugar; 1 bottle cheap whisky.
Wash and pick over the blackberries and leave to dry. In a demijohn mix the blackberries with the sugar and pour over the whisky. Leave for about two months and now and again pick the demijohn up and shake it well so that the sugar is completely dissolved. Finally decant into bottles (how much depends upon the size of the original bottle - should make almost two bottles) through a fine strainer. Marvellous if you have a cough; also good by the stove on a cold Winter night! Enjoy.
Neither the farmer nor I like the taste of gin, so we follow the advice of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and use cheap vodka (which is almost tasteless) instead.
It used to be a real chore to make as you had to prick each sloe with a darning needle to release the juices, but there is a quicker way - wash the sloes, dry them wall, put them in the freezer and open-freeze overnight. Make the mixture the next morning - quantities as for blackberry whisky - 1lb. sloes; 1lb. granulated sugar; 1 bottle cheap vodka. Method the same too - keep shaking over the days to make sure that the sugar has dissolved and leave for a couple of months before decanting through a strainer.
The result is much drier than the whisky - if you like a sweeter drink then add more sugar when you make it. The result is also a lovely colour but we have none of last year's supply left - so I can't show you a photograph!
I understand that you can use raspberries instead of blackberries for the whisky recipe - obviously the flavour would be different but it might be worth a try.