NZ Gardener - Gifts from the Gardens - - Preserves -

Black­cur­rant, rasp­berry or even lime vodka – if you've got an ex­cess of fruit, put it to good use and make a beau­ti­ful berry bev­er­age. To make a very sim­ple black­cur­rant-in­fused vodka, fill a clean jar with one-third black­cur­rants (frozen is fine), one-third caster sugar and top up with vodka. Seal, then place the jar in a cool dark place, gen­tly shak­ing ev­ery day or so. After a week, start tast­ing the vodka ev­ery few days; when the flavour is in­tense enough for you, strain through a muslin-lined sieve and bot­tle (swirl the left­over fruit through home­made ice-cream for a deca­dent pud­ding). Serve a nip of black­cur­rant-in­fused vodka with le­mon­ade or try mak­ing black­cur­rant mar­ti­nis. If you pre­fer the taste of raspberries, use those in­stead of black­cur­rants.

To make a lime-in­fused vodka, use a veg­etable peeler to make one long piece of lime zest (cut shal­lowly to avoid the pith) and drop it in a clean jar. Fill with vodka and sugar to taste. Screw on the lid and fol­low the above in­struc­tions.

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