WILD BLUE­BERRY VODKA

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MAKES: ⅓ CUPS PREP TIME: MIN­UTES STAND­ING TIME: HOURS RE­FRIG­ER­A­TION TIME: DAYS

IN­GRE­DI­ENTS

4 cups (1 L) fresh or thawed frozen wild blue­ber­ries ⅓ cup (75 mL) gran­u­lated sugar

1 bot­tle (750 mL) vodka

METHOD

In a saucepan, com­bine blue­ber­ries, sugar and 2 tbsp (25 mL) wa­ter. Cook over medium heat, stir­ring and mash­ing gen­tly with spoon, un­til blue­ber­ries are soft and re­lease their juices, about 8 min­utes. Let cool.

In a large glass bowl, com­bine berry mix­ture and vodka. Let stand, loosely cov­ered, for 4 hours. Cover and re­frig­er­ate for 5 days.

Strain through a cheese­cloth-lined sieve into a large spouted con­tainer, press­ing solids to ex­tract liq­uid; dis­card solids. Pour into clean, freezer-safe con­tain­ers. (Make-ahead: Re­frig­er­ate for up to 2 months or freeze for up to 6 months.)

SASKATOON VODKA

Sub­sti­tute saskatoon berries for blue­ber­ries, if you’re lucky enough to live in that neck of the woods.

SIM­PLE SYRUP

Heat equal parts wa­ter and gran­u­lated sugar, stir­ring un­til sugar is dis­solved. Re­move from heat and let cool. Store in an air­tight con­tainer in the re­frig­er­a­tor.

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