Three liquors, made from seasonal summer fruits!
I had a really fun weekend fruit picking, and decided to use up most of the fruit by making fruit liquors! I went to a fruit picking farm to get a few punnets of redcurrant and blackcurrants, and then to a friend who has a huge cherry tree in his back garden to pick the cherries!
I was going to make some jams, but I can never use up jam fast enough, so I settled on liquors instead. My liquors are currently developing in the cupboard, so I will do an updated post in about 3 months, to show how to finish them off and bottle them!
I made some sloe and elderberry gin last year, which is really delicious, so I am hoping that these liquors will turn out just as good! If your stuck with a load of fruit which your not sure what to do with, then I definitely recommend these recipes!
Variations: Some other fruits could be turned into liquors, blackberries or raspberries would work well mixed with vodka.
- 700g cherries
- 750ml brandy
- 100g sugar
- 1kg blackcurrants
- 750ml vodka
- 1kg redcurrants
- 750ml vodka
- 200g sugar
The Cherry Brandy:
Weigh out 700g of cherries, wash and transfer to large kilner jar.
Add the sugar to the jar, followed by the brandy.
Store in a cool dark place, and shake a few times a day to dissolve the sugar. Leave to infuse for 3 months.
Weigh out 1kg of blackcurrants, wash and transfer to large kilner jar.
Pour over the vodka and shake to jar to mix.
Store in a cool dark place for 6 months.
The Redcurrant Liquor:
Weigh out 700g of redcurrants, wash and transfer to a large kilner jar.
Muddle the redcurrants in the jar, to release their juices, then add the sugar.
Pour over the vodka and shake to infuse. Leave in a cool dark place for 3 months, shaking every few days.