Easy Blackberry Infused Vodka {Blackberry Vodka Recipe}

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Transform your fresh berries into a delicious drink you can enjoy all year with this easy blackberry infused vodka recipe!

bottle of homemade blackberry vodka next to fresh berries.

Here in Washington, where blackberries take over fields and any bare patch of land, I’m always looking for ways to preserve them for later! From blackberry simple syrup to homemade crumbles, we stick blackberries in pretty much anything.

This blackberry vodka recipe is one of the easiest options and helps keep my freezer from overflowing with frozen blackberries!

What is blackberry vodka?

Blackberry vodka is typically made by infusing fresh berries with vodka. This infused vodka takes on the flavor and color of the blackberries, adding a berry flavor to any drink.

Each recipe for this flavored blackberry vodka is slightly different. Some require a longer infusion time, but to speed up the process, I like to mash the berries to get as much flavor into the vodka as quickly as possible!

Blackberry infused vodka makes a fantastic homemade holiday gift, so make extra to share with your favorite people! (Be sure to scroll down for the printable labels below!)

glass full of homemade blackberry vodka recipe.

Why you’ll love this blackberry vodka recipe:


  • Refreshing: With a strong berry flavor and a crisp bite from the vodka, this blackberry vodka is the perfect refreshing drink to end a summer day!
  • Colorful: The mashed blackberries add a rich red hue to this flavored vodka, adding a pop of color to any cocktail or drink.
  • Preserve the harvest: This vodka infusion is a great way to use up extra fresh fruit before it goes bad and to enjoy it throughout the year!

Equipment

To make this blackberry vodka recipe, you’ll need a few basic tools. If you don’t have these exact items, scrounge around for anything that can do the same job.

  • Half gallon jar
  • Masher
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Coffee filter (optional; to remove any fine berry pieces)
  • Narrow funnel
  • Glass jar or bottle for storage
ingredients for blackberry infused vodka recipe.

Ingredients

  • Fresh blackberries: Rinse and dry fresh blackberries to remove any insects, dirt, or pollen. 
  • Vodka: Use a good quality vodka you won’t mind sipping. Skip the cheap stuff for homemade extracts.
  • Sugar: As the sugar melds with the muddled blackberries, it turns into a natural sauce that’s full of fresh berry flavor.

How to Make Blackberry Vodka

  1. Wash and dry the berries.
  2. Place the berries into a large container and mash them.
  3. Cover with alcohol and seal the container. Shake.
  4. Shake daily for 7-14 days. Store in a cool dark place out of the sunlight.
  5. Taste the blackberry-infused vodka mixture. When the berry flavor becomes prominent, strain out the infused blackberries. Press gently with a spoon to remove all the infused vodka.
  6. Store in a mason jar or airtight container in a fridge for approximately one year
step by step instructions for how to make blackberry vodka.

Storing

The rule of thumb for storing infused vodkas is to store any vodkas infused with fresh fruits or herbs in the fridge and dry herbs or flowers at room temperature.

Technically, this recipe has two natural preservatives: vodka and sugar. They will help keep this vodka fresh a long time. For the best flavor and food safety, keep your blackberry infused vodka in the fridge. Plus, it’ll be a lot more enjoyable chilled anyway!

In the fridge, your blackberry vodka will last for several years. For best results, consume within a year.

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Serving Suggestions

My favorite way to serve this blackberry vodka is to make a blackberry vodka cocktail with lemon juice, soda water, and a little fresh mint. It’s so refreshing and tastes wonderful on those hot summer nights! It also takes great with some ginger ale and fresh lime juice, similar to a mule.

Want a tasty dessert? Drizzle some over vanilla ice cream for a boozy treat. 

Tips & Variations

  • Add 2-3 sliced vanilla pods for a floral note.
  • Choose a type of vodka you’d like to sip.
  • While you’re making this blackberry infused vodka recipe, you may as well make a batch of blackberry extract for baking! Adapt my blueberry extract and use blackberries instead.
  • To use frozen blackberries, let them thaw first and strain off any excess liquid.
  • For a stronger blackberry flavor, feel free to use up to twice as many blackberries.
  • The type of blackberry doesn’t matter. I used marionberries for this blackberry vodka, and they worked wonderfully!
  • Substitute your favorite alcohol, like gin or brandy, for a different flavor profile.
  • The sugar is completely optional. If you prefer a dry flavor, ditch it completely for a subtle blackberry note in your drinks. 
  • For a sweeter blackberry liqueur, double (or even quadruple) the caster sugar.
pouring homemade blackberry liqueur vodka recipe into a glass jar.

FAQs

Is this a blackberry liqueur?

Yes and no. Liqueurs are sweetened liquor-based beverages that are usually infused with fresh ingredients. Technically, this blackberry infused vodka is sweetened, but because it is so high in vodka, it would be pretty potent for a liqueur. When I make other liqueurs, I usually infuse the vodka with the fresh element and then create a simple syrup to get the perfect sweetness.

For this blackberry vodka recipe, I let the sugar dissolve in the mashed berries before covering them all with vodka. Most accurately, I’d call this a lightly sweetened blackberry infused vodka.

Can you make marionberry vodka?

Yep! And that’s exactly what this is. Since marionberries are a type of blackberry, I’m calling this a blackberry infused vodka, but it’s technically made with marionberries. To make marionberry vodka, infuse fresh marionberries with sugar and vodka and let them sit for about a week.

Do I need to make a simple syrup for blackberry vodka?

Although you typically need to make a simple syrup for any homemade infusions, the blackberries will absorb the sugar and turn it into a delicious sauce. Over the course of a week, the sugar crystals will dissolve into the vodka. No heat or melting necessary.

More Blackberry Cocktails

Love infusing blackberry into your beverages? Try these berry-forward cocktails to make the most of your blackberry vodka!

These Blackberry Champagne Cocktails would be a stunning drink for a summer wedding reception or bridal shower!

Take this Blackberry Sage Vodka Tonic Cocktail to the next level by using your flavored vodka! I love the addition of sage.

This gorgeous Blackberry Mule would be a wonderful way to cool down during those hot summer nights!

Serve up these Peach and Blackberry Vodka Cocktails at your next party or BBQ!

Shake your vodka with lemon juice, blackberry syrup, egg white, and vodka for a delicious Vodka Sour with Blackberry Simple Syrup.

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Blackberry Infused Vodka

Transform your fresh berries into a delicious drink you can enjoy all year with this easy blackberry vodka recipe!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Curing Time 7 days
Total Time 7 days 5 minutes
Course cocktails, Dessert
Cuisine American, british
Servings 192 servings
Calories 14 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb blackberries, rinsed and dried
  • 1 quart vodka
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Instructions
 

  • Add the blackberries and sugar to a large jar. Mash them thoroughly with the masher.1 lb blackberries
  • Top the mashed blackberries with alcohol.1 quart vodka
  • Close the bottle and shake.
  • Store in a cool area for 7 days or to tasteo, shaking each day.
  • Strain out the blackberries from the vodka and keep the vodka in a glass bottle away from sunlight.
  • Serve as desired.

Notes

Store your infused blackberry vodka in the fridge. It will last for up to 2 years.

Tips &  Variations

  • Add 2-3 sliced vanilla pods for a floral note.
  • Choose a type of vodka you’d like to sip.
  • While you’re making this blackberry infused vodka recipe, you may as well make a batch of blackberry extract for baking! Adapt my blueberry extract and use blackberries instead.
  • To use frozen blackberries, let them thaw first and strain off any excess liquid.
  • For a stronger blackberry flavor, feel free to use up to twice as many blackberries.
  • The type of blackberry doesn’t matter. I used marionberries for this blackberry vodka, and they worked wonderfully!
  • Substitute your favorite alcohol, like gin or brandy, for a different flavor profile.
  • The sugar is completely optional. If you prefer a dry flavor, ditch it completely for a subtle blackberry note in your drinks. 
  • For a sweeter blackberry liqueur, double (or even quadruple) the caster sugar.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tspCalories: 14kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.03gFat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.001gSodium: 0.1mgPotassium: 4mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.02mg
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