Sweet fruit liqueur, deep dark red in color, is a real aperitif that will please all guests and family members, and it comes from the home kitchen.
Blueberry liqueur represents the complete wealth of taste and beneficial ingredients of this berry fruit. That even alcoholic beverages can be healthy and useful is evidenced by the countless recipes for fruit liqueurs from households in our region, especially those prepared from aromatic and very healthy and medicinal dark berries.
Blueberry liqueur delights with its intoxicating aroma and medicinal properties, it warms and invigorates during the cold months, but also on any other occasion.
Medicinal blueberries and liqueur
Blueberries are one of the favorite ingredients for preparing grandma’s winter garden treats and as a rule, blueberry products are always the rarest and most loved, often hidden on the highest shelves in the pantry. Fresh blueberries are a real treasure trove of useful ingredients, and in order to enjoy their medicinal properties and intoxicating aroma all year round, they are regularly used to prepare jams, compotes, sweets and juices, as well as irresistible fruit liqueur.
Blueberry liqueur contains part of the beneficial properties of this berry and is an excellent folk medicine. Blueberries are a bushy plant with dark blue berries, known since ancient times for its medicinal properties. Traditional medicine appreciates blueberries as a natural remedy against acute stomach ailments and all problems related to bowel and digestion. They are also known as a folk remedy against diabetes, so they are sometimes called herbal insulin. Various studies have shown that blueberries are excellent for blood counts, improving vision, and even as a food that stops the development of cancer. They contain an abundance of useful ingredients, vitamins, minerals and are considered the best source of antioxidants among other fruits and vegetables.
Recipes for blueberry liqueur
Blueberry liqueur is another traditional drink and folk medicine, prepared from the most beautiful gifts of nature. The following are some recipes for preparation.
Homemade blueberry liqueur – the basic recipe for blueberry liqueur is simple and can be easily prepared at home. All that is needed is just a few basic ingredients, in order to obtain a deliciously sweet and beneficial alcoholic drink. For preparation you need:
- 250 g of fresh blueberries
- ½ l of grape brandy
- 100 g of sugar
- A few cloves
Wash the blueberries well, mash them and put them in a suitable jar for storage. Pour the brandy, close the jar tightly and leave it in a sunny place to stand for at least a month. The sun’s heat accelerates the process of dissolving substances from blueberries into alcohol, but it is not necessary. If we want the liqueur to keep a very dark color, it can be left in a moderately warm place in the shade. Shake the jar occasionally, and when the standing period is over, strain the liquid through thick cheesecloth. Boil sugar and cloves separately in about half a liter of water, so that a fine syrup is obtained. When it cools down, remove the cloves and mix with the blueberry liquid. Pour into prepared bottles and close well, then leave to stand for at least another month. The longer the liqueur stands before consumption, the better the ingredients will permeate, and the result will be a richer aroma.
Blueberry liqueur with rum and wine – This aromatic liqueur is made from a combination of wine and rum, and sometimes brandy is added to the recipes. The mixture of drinks gives the liqueur a special aroma and a rich sweet taste. The required ingredients are:
- 400 g of blueberries
- 350 g of sugar
- 1 liter of red wine
- 5 dl of rum
- 3 bags of vanilla sugar
- A few cloves
Put the fruit, sugar, and cloves in a cooking pot and cover with wine. Cook everything together until it boils, then for another ten minutes. Remove from heat and let cool, then add vanilla sugar and rum. Mix everything well, so that the sugar melts as well as possible, then pour into bottles and store in a dark and cool place. Blueberries are not crushed and can remain in the drink, as well as cloves, because they release their fine taste and aroma during standing. It is best if the blueberries are distributed evenly among the bottles, so that in addition to a richer taste, the drink will also have an attractive appearance.
Forest fruit liqueur – Blueberries are often eaten in combination with other forest fruits, in various cakes, tarts or ice cream. The berry mixture can also be used to make juices and other drinks, such as fruit liqueur. To prepare the liqueur, you need:
- ½ kg of wild fruits (wild strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, currants, raspberries)
- 400 g of sugar
- 1 liter of vodka
- ½ l of water
Boil sugar and water, and mash the fruit and pour over the resulting liquid. Let the mixture stand for a week in the refrigerator, stirring occasionally. After that, strain through cheesecloth and add vodka. Pour the finished liqueur into bottles and store in a dark and cool place. The longer the liqueur stands, the richer and more beautiful the taste will be. It can be strained once more after a month of standing.