Blackberry Gin Liqueur Recipe
Updated: Jan 15
Here is the tastiest recipe for foraged blackberry Gin, tried and tested! Summer blackberries are fresh and juicy which makes them the perfect fruit to mix with gin. I recommend saving the gin for over the winter to give yourself something to enjoy in the cold weather. But trust me you won't want to!
Let's jump right in.
Why should you use foraged Blackberries?
You should use foraged blackberries because they are tasty, but plastic-free and have no hidden carbon footprint. Blackberries are a native British plant that has been sold commercially since the mid-1800s and is widely planted around the UK and northern Europe. This recipe is free of pesticides and artificial flavours and is also gluten-free and vegan.
What are the rules for foraging?
Only pick what you know is safe and clean. Try to only pick the quantity you need for this year. If you need help identifying something, please consult a native plant guidebook.
To make this recipe for blackberry gin liqueur the main ingredients are fresh Summer Blackberries. For the blackberry gin liqueur, you will need to use a fair few blackberries. If you can't find any then you can always purchase from a local farmers market or purchase straight from the grower. These options are the most environmentally friendly
What are the Ingredients needed to make blackberry gin liqueur?
The ingredients needed are as follows:
420g of fresh blackberries
150g of sugar
700ml of unflavored gin
How do you make the recipe?
1. Put the blackberries, sugar and gin into a mason jar or similar vessel.
2. Shake it up every couple of days to make sure the sugar has dissolved.
3. Leave the mason jar on the side for 2-3 weeks.
4. Finally strain the gin through a sieve and store bottled for up to a year (if you can resist).
What does it taste like?
This is a very sweet gin liqueur, the blackberry flavour is quite strong. The berry flavour gets stronger as it ages so I would recommend making this at least a few weeks before you want to drink it.
Why this gin makes a great gift
This gin makes a great gift because firstly, it tastes amazing and gin and tonic is currently all the range. But also because hand-made gifts are more thoughtful and eco-friendly. This recipe is a classic gin liqueur, something you can whip up in a heartbeat with foraged fruits. The only thing you need to gather is some fresh summer blackberries and sugar.
What are the health benefits of organic food?
Foraged blackberries are completely organic and free from pesticides. Organic fruit and veg are rich in nutrients like vitamin C and iron. Organic farming tends to be better for the environment and for your health. So it is really a win-win situation. The next thing to know about organic food is that it tends to be more expensive so finding your fresh blackberries in the wild is ideal!
Blackberry Gin Cocktails
There are many ways you can make cocktails with blackberry gin. Here are a few to choose from:
Classic Gin and Tonic
Blackberry Bramble cocktail
Blackberry Gin smash
Blackberry Gin fizz
Blackberry Gin sling
Blackberry and elderflower fizz
What variation can I make to my blackberry gin liqueur?
The variations you can make to this blackberry gin liqueur recipe are listed below:
You could add flowery notes with a handful of elderflower during the two weeks you infuse the berries. This creates a pleasantly delicate flavour.
You can make it tarter by adding a hint of lemon juice and lemon zest for those who like a slightly bitter gin.
Adding elderberries provide you with an even more natural fruity flavour for a blend of foraged berries.
You could add a handful of raspberries with the blackberries to really brighten up the summer flavour.
The benefit of this recipe is that it is very customisable. This makes it perfect to figure out what you would like from your summer fruits. Let me know if you give this recipe a try and what you change to suit your tastes!