Written by Phil Brown, Badger Bushcraft Blog Sunday, 14 October 2012 10:21
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.
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
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.
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!