Social drinking, light drinking and/or drinking for that slight high is something that happens regularly in our societies and in most cultures is not looked down upon. Depending on the kind of drinks that one likes there is a wide range of these beverages to choose from. Brandy makes for one of the very popular forms of drinks and while there are varied kinds of brandies available, the blackberry brandy is a relatively fine twist to the tale. It does not taste like the regular brandy that people might be used to, but it brings with it a sort of acquired taste that many come to like. This brandy is often used as an appetizer, or an accompaniment to desserts and is downed with utmost delight. In the article that follows, we shall look at the different types of blackberry brandy drinks and how to go about making these cocktails.
Brands and Information
Blackberry brandy is made through a calculated process in which the blackberries are crushed and then put through a process of fermentation. After the fermentation process is complete, the liquor is distilled and this then takes the form of the brandy. It is from this basic recipe that various brands are developed. Among these, the Polish blackberry brandy is considered a very good choice to make.
Along with being used as a beverage, it is also used for its medicinal purposes as well. It is said that the real blackberry brandy cures varied stages of diarrhea and therefore is used as a home remedy as well.
In its commercial form, the basic recipe is modified according to the varied taste preferences. Let us see the kind of drinks that it brings forth.
The Basic Recipe
- Blackberries (1 lb)
- Fine sugar (1 cup)
- Brandy (1 liter)
- Wash the blackberries till they have no dirt on them.
- Once clean, spread them out so that they dry out completely.
- Divide the blackberries evenly and then introduce them in separate jars (the number of jars will depend on how big the jars are).
- The jars need to be seal tight jars that close well and do not allow any air in.
- Now, divide the sugar equally such that the same amount can be added into all the jars. Pour the sugar over the berries.
- Pour the brandy into the jars so that it fills the jar completely. Then, close the jar shut and shake well so that all the ingredients mix properly.
- Store the jar in an area that is dark and dry.
- After every 2-3 days, shake the jar vigorously so that the ingredients mix well.
- After the first week, continue to shake the jar once a week only. Do this for 8-9 weeks.
- After the 8 weeks have passed, and the drink has been fermented enough, the blackberries need to be strained out from the jars.
- The brandy is now ready for consumption but for an even stronger flavor, it can be allowed to steep further.
- Blackberry brandy (2 cups)
- Water (9 cups)
- Sugar (2 cups)
- Frozen grape juice (12 ounces)
- Frozen lemonade (12 ounces)
- Pour water in a pan and add the sugar in it. Bring to boil.
- After it has boiled, take it down from the stove and allow it to cool.
- Once cool, add the lemonade, brandy, and grape juice to the mixture and mix well.
- Place in the freezer and stir occasionally so that it does not harden, but gets a semi frozen consistency.
- Depending on the consistency that you're looking to get, remove from freezer and serve when it is semi-frozen and has a slushy texture.
- One can even add a peach flavor to the whole mixture and change the taste like so.
A blackberry brandy makes for a very different and unique choice of beverage. While some say that it is an acquired taste, others completely love it for the unique taste that it has to offer. So if you've never had something like this before, maybe it's time you try some and decide whether you like it or not.