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How To Make Blackberry Brandy Christmas Liqueur Recipe

A recent walk with Inca my black Labrador Retriever across the fields near our base here in the glorious countryside of mid Kent led to me finding a late but welcome patch of succulent and ripe blackberries. Armed with a Zebra billy can from the stores we sallied forth with a festive liqueur in mind.

Those of you that are regular followers of our Badger Bushcraft Blog you will be well aware of our “How To Make Blackberry Vodka Recipe”, which to date is our most read blog article. With the last of this years blackberries and thoughts now focusing on the festive season, and the most fun day in my social calendar “The Egerton New Year’s Day Walk” I thought it only appropriate to try something a little different.

Last of the years blackberries

The festive season is a wonderful time to meet up with friends and clients both old and new. Festive fare is also something to be relished and shared especially on New Year’s Day where many of the village locals and those that have emigrated to the surrounding areas, villages and hamlets meet at The George public house in the centre of Egerton and walk across the footpaths and fields to Little Chart, Pluckley, Elvey Farm, Munday Bois and from there returning to Egerton. This fun and good natured walk sees old and young alike sharing a few good laughs, some tall stories and the odd hip flask or two! The journey also takes in several local watering holes that include The Egerton George, The Swan, The Black Horse, Elvey Farm Hotel, The Rose And Crown and then back to The Egerton George. The day is something special and I endeavour not to miss it for the world.

Over recent years we have seen various individuals competing to see who has the best hip flask contents, myself included. With the standards of homemade liqueurs raising the bar year on year I thought I’d look at combining the heady and warming flavours of brandy with the flavours of Christmas and the final daffy of blackberries!

For our “Blackberry Brandy Christmas Liqueur Recipe” you will need:-

  • A bottle of brandy
  • 150g caster sugar
  • A couple of handfuls of blackberries
  • Half a cinnamon stick 12 cloves
  • A pinch of ginger
  • A suitable bottle or jar

Ingredients for the blackberry brandy liqueur recipe

I washed the blackberries and placed them into a Kilner style jar, added 150g of caster sugar, a dozen whole cloves, half a cinnamon stick and a good pinch of ground ginger. Then I topped the ingredients up with brandy, sealed the container and gave it a good shake until the sugars dissolved.

As the spices are quite strong I will give this a little taste once a week and either add or remove as required. I can also add sugar as needed as I started with a modest 150g. The final brew might even end up with a little nutmeg.

Blackberry brandy liqueur on the brew!

It will be interesting to see how this turns out and I will update this recipe as I go and as the concoction matures and develops flavour.

It will also be interesting to see what the other folks have planned for their hipflasks for the first day of 2013!

Damson Brandy Liqueur

Damson Whisky

How To Make Blackberry Vodka Recipe


#10 Jan 2014-11-25 16:11
Made this last year and have another lot brewing now. And then I made a fruit leather with what was left of the fruit, once it was all drained off.
#9 Tessa 2014-09-11 21:34
I make wild damson brandy, blackberry brandy and blackcurrant brandy every year. I use soft brown raw cane sugar as it seems to give it a lovely caramel flavour.
I don't actually like brandy but love these liqueurs! The fruit just transforms it..
I have a friend who then uses the strained fruit to put into chocolates. I haven't done this but hers are delicious.
I agree that these recipes are divine on ice cream. I leave mine for 3 months before bottling up. Very popular as Christmas presents. I don't add anything other than the fruit and sugar.
I really love your clear and easy to follow recipes.

#8 Phil Brown 2013-09-02 08:41
Hi Ruth,

We tend to take a nip on a teaspoon every couple of weeks to see how flavours develop.

Once you are happy with what you have you could run the brew through muslin or a jam bag and the bottle.

Don't forget that the fruit is great on ice-cream!

All the best,

Phil Brown.
#7 Ruth campbell 2013-09-01 13:00
I made it last night and just wondered how long to leave it got. Thanks!
Do I strain it after 10 weeks?
#6 Phil Brown 2013-09-01 06:16
Hi Ruth,

We left this to develop and infuse all the flavours from the ingredients for about 10 weeks and it tasted smashing!

It really is worth a try and it is now something we make every year!

Best regards,

Phil and Co.
#5 Ruth campbell 2013-08-31 20:56
How long did you leave this to brew for?
#4 Phil Brown 2013-08-27 16:00
HI Hana,

To behonest this is best neat!

If you try mixers do let us know how you get on!

All the best,

Phil and Co.
#3 Hana 2013-08-27 10:04
Thinking of trying to make this for friends and family gifts this year. Any recommendations of any nice mixers for this? Apple juice maybe?
#2 Phil Brown 2013-05-23 08:06
Hi Patrick,

This brandy recipe was AMAZING and needed nothing added at the end!

Love to hear about how you do yours and what the orange zest adds to this - sounds lovely!

All the best,

Phil and Co.
#1 Patrick 2013-05-21 21:31
I am about to start a batch of this and give it a try. Any suggestions as to what you did before finishing up the brandy ? I was thinking about spiking this with some orange zest for flavor.

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