Raspberry vodka and blackberry gin
Number 33 on my Day Zero Project was to make a flavoured alcoholic drink - I have done double that and made two!
I posted a little bit about them here, but it really was incredibly simple. I saw the idea on Gillian's blog and thought that sounded do-able!
Put some raspberries, some sugar and some vodka in one jar, and some blackberries, some sugar and some gin in another - that's about as scientific as I got. I shook them once a day for a couple of weeks, and then once a week for about another eight weeks.
I needed something to strain them into, and found these cute little bottles in Lakeland (where else?). Straining them was a tad messy (raspberries that have been in a jar and shaken regularly for 10 weeks don't look terribly pretty) but I got there eventually, and I reckon they made just under 200ml of flavoured alcohol (these drinks were started before the photos were taken!).
The raspberry vodka is definitely my favourite - I can't remember when I first tried raspberry vodka, but I used to buy it from a lovely shop in Edinburgh called Demijohn. I even kept my bottle when it was empty until my next visit, so I could get it filled up again! Sadly, I am now very, very far away from Edinburgh, but the homemade version isn't too bad!
The blackberry gin isn't as blackberry as I was expecting - maybe I didn't put enough in, or maybe the blackberries weren't as ripe as they should have been, I don't know. It's all an experiment. Maybe I just liked flavoured vodka more than I like flavoured gin. In future, I think I'll just stick to the vodka. I've bought the Kilner jars and the muslin for straining, so I'll definitely make more again. Perhaps some friends will be finding a little bottle in their Christmas parcel!