Summer Fruit Liquors – Cassis, Cherry Brandy & Redcurrant Liquor

Three liquors, made from seasonal summer fruits!

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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.

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Ingredients

Cherry Brandy:

  • 700g cherries
  • 750ml brandy
  • 100g sugar

Cassis:

  • 1kg blackcurrants
  • 750ml vodka

Redcurrant Liquor:

  • 1kg redcurrants
  • 750ml vodka
  • 200g sugar

To Make:

The Cherry Brandy:

Weigh out 700g of cherries, wash and transfer to large kilner jar.

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Add the sugar to the jar, followed by the brandy.

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Store in a cool dark place, and shake a few times a day to dissolve the sugar. Leave to infuse for 3 months.

The Cassis:

Weigh out 1kg of blackcurrants, wash and transfer to large kilner jar.

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Pour over the vodka and shake to jar to mix.

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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.

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Muddle the redcurrants in the jar, to release their juices, then add the sugar.

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Pour over the vodka and shake to infuse. Leave in a cool dark place for 3 months, shaking every few days.

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