Fred and Bex
Blackberries and vodka are a match made in heaven, especially at this time of year, when the hedgerows are full of this most quintessentially British of fruits. To toast the shiny Great Taste Awards Gold Star recently awarded to Fred & Bex Blackberry Vinegar, in this recipe I’ve used sweet blackberry vinegar and fresh blackberries to infuse vodka, and then mixed it with homemade lemonade for a delicious cocktail that tastes of cool autumn days.
For the vodka:
2 tbsp Fred & Bex Blackberry Vinegar
A large handful of fresh blackberries
For the lemonade:
120g granulated sugar
1 large lemon, plus another to slice and serve
120ml boiling water
Sparkling water, to dilute
Plenty of ice, to serve
Makes enough for four long cocktails
If you want to, you can of course make a whole bottle of blackberry vodka, but you will need to let it infuse for longer.
Start by getting the vodka going. Take a clean jam jar, fill with blackberries and top up with 240ml of vodka. Screw the lid on tightly and give it a really good shake, and then set aside for at least 8 hours. Every time you walk past, give the jar another good shake. The blackberries will start to break up and the vodka will turn a glorious inky purple.
Next, make the syrup for the lemonade. First, zest the lemon into a jug, and then cut it in half and juice it really thoroughly into the same container. Add the sugar and the boiling water, and stir well until the sugar has completely dissolved, then cover and set aside (but don’t put it in the fridge).
Cocktail 4When the vodka has had a good few hours to infuse, you can assemble the cocktails. First, strain the vodka and the syrup, to get rid of the seeds and fruit flesh. Pop four or five ice cubes into each highball glass, and then pour over 60ml each of vodka and lemon syrup. Top up with sparkling water and serve with a few fresh blackberries and a slice of lemon. Cheers!
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