It is blackberry time, and we are busy trying to get caught up with our picking after being away for five days. And it rained all day yesterday, so if we don’t pick quickly, the berries will rot from too much moisture. So, instead of an original post this week, I’m going to repost a recipe I shared last year, in case anyone else is dealing with an abundance of blackberries. Just remember, the berries can be frozen (don’t even wash them unless they are dusty) in gallon freezer bags and juiced later. They will render more juice after the freezing and thawing process. This recipe came from my sister’s father-in-law, who went by “Tip,” thus the name of the recipe. This stuff was a big hit at my 40th high school reunion last weekend!
Tip’s Blackberry Cordial
9 cups blackberry juice
2 cups sugar
3 cups vodka or brandy
Bring blackberry juice and sugar to low boil and simmer for 8 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and add vodka or brandy. Pour into clean bottles (brandy or vodka bottles work well for this) and cap tightly. Stores indefinitely.