Transform raspberries and vodka into a spiced liqueur fancy enough for your holiday cocktail party or to gift to friends and family. Plan ahead since it takes 3 to 4 weeks for the raspberries to steep into the vodka. Use whatever spices you'd like to create additional flavor.
- 5 Packages (6 ounces each) Driscoll's Raspberries
- 1 1/2 Cups granulated sugar
- 12 Cups vodka, or enough to top off your vessels
- Spices of choice: cinnamon stick, split vanilla bean, rosemary sprig, fresh bay leaf, peeled chunk of ginger, or lemongrass
DISTRIBUTE berries amongst 6 sealable bottles, carafes, or large canning jars.
ADD steeping spices of choice.
ADD ¼ cup sugar to each bottle.
FILL each bottle with vodka to just below one inch of rims.COVER bottles tightly.GENTLY shake bottles a few times.PLACE bottles in a cool, dark place (such as a pantry cupboard) where you might encounter them at least every few days.KEEP bottles at room temperature for 3 to 4 weeks.GENTLY SHAKE every few days.
WAIT for bottles to reach desired color and flavor.
STRAIN liqueur through a mesh strainer.
DISCARD solid ingredients.
RETURN liqueur to vessels.
ADD fresh raspberries to the liqueur, as desired, before gifting.
STORAGE: The liqueur can keep at room temperature for up to a year. Aging will help to smooth the flavor. If fresh raspberries are added to the liqueur it must be refrigerated but will keep for several months.