Have you ever had an edible cocktail? With lots of antioxidants in it? What better way to get a serving of fruit (yes, it counts) than a spoonful of delectable whole blackberries, preserved in your favorite adult spirit… kind of like “berried” treasure, isn’t it?
Sometimes called “bachelor’s jam” (because it requires no knowledge of cooking and has alcohol involved), it’s an easy way to preserve your harvest without the effort that accompanies the canning process. You’re not hermetically sealing the container, however, meaning you should refrigerate your macerated berries to be on the safe side.
*We especially like the Chester blackberry variety for its big size and complexity of flavor. They’re the best-tasting late-season blackberry and can often be picked into September.
Blackberries preserved in alcohol are also a low-effort, glamorous gift — unless you decide to keep them all for yourself, in which case you might try some of these inspired ideas, modified from an article by Melissa Clark, a New York Times food writer:
CAKE GLAZE Mix the macerating liquid with enough confectioners’ sugar to make it thick and creamy, but still runny enough to pour, then spoon it over simple cakes.
COBBLERS, CRISPS AND PIES Mix pieces of macerated fruit with fresh fruit.
FRUITY APERITIF Put a piece of fruit and a little of its liquor in the bottom of a flute and top with sparkling wine.
HAIR-OF-THE-DOG MUFFINS Add diced fruit to your favorite morning muffin recipe (most, if not all, of the alcohol will evaporate during baking).
TIPSY TRIFLE Use pieces of fruit in a traditional custard-and-cake trifle.
UPSIDE-DOWN TIPPLE CAKE Sprinkle a well-buttered cake pan with brown sugar, then layer with slices of drained fruit. Cover with your favorite butter cake batter and bake until done. Serve with cream whipped with a little of the fruit liquor.
Or serve this at your next get-together:
Sassy Russian (1 serving)
Muddle the four blackberries in bottom of a highball glass. In this order, add: ice, vodka and lemonade. Do not stir. Garnish with the remaining blackberry.