Blackberry WineSo, assuming you picked your berries before the Devil spit on them yesterday, this is a great way to use 'em up!
1 gal. black berries
1 qt. boiling water
2 lbs. sugar
Bruise berries, add boiling water. Let stand 24 hours, stirring occasionally. Strain off the liquor and put into a cask. Add sugar; cork tight and let stand till next October, when it will be ready for use. It may be bottled.
In my family, berries tend to end up more than a little boozy on a regular basis. We don't have the patience to wait a full year for the results, though. Instead, we put clean berries in sterile jars, and cover them with vodka or some other strong spirit, and let 'em marinate for several weeks. Strain and add simple syrup to taste. Mmmmm.
Favorite uses for blackberry wine: mixing with less than stellar merlot. Yes, really. Also great mixed with mead.