In Italy, they would never make this with frozen berries, but rather with fresh berries picked in the garden or out in the woods, preferably growing wild.
Though frozen berries are acceptable, they yield a much higher percentage of water, making the liqueur thin. Try to find fresh berries, wild or cultivated, to make your liqueur more flavorful and delicious. The resulting liqueur is a lovely shade of red, bordering on dark pink, depending on the berries used. It is perfect in summertime cocktails.
- 3 Cups vodka
- 3 packages mixed frozen berries
- 2 Cups sugar
- 2 Cups of water
- Heat sugar with the water over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.
- Pour into a 2 quart container.
- Add desired fruit and the 3 cups of vodka. Stir gently and cover with a tightly covered lid.
- Let stand in a cool dark place for 2 to 4 weeks.
- Strain through several layers of cheesecloth.
- If not yet clear, pour again through a coffee filter.
- Seal tightly in a clean bottle and store.
- Variations: Orange Cordial: Peels from 3 oranges, peel only (remove pith).
- Pear: 6 medium Pears, peeled, cored and thinly sliced.