Creme de Mure is a blackberry liqueur, which among many things, is one of the key ingredients in a Gintossen favouritecocktail, the Bramble. And luckily it is very easy to make yourself!
It goes without saying, that you will need to obtain some blackberries! If you have access to fresh berries from the garden or the neighbors blackberry bush, then berries from here are to prefer - however frozen berries can easily be used as well!
The short list of ingrediences is as follows:
- Fresh blackberries: About 5 dl - or 8 to 10 dl if you use the frozen berries, as they tend to have a little less flavour in them.
- Vodka: About 2 dl (not the cheapest you can find, but definately not the most expensive either. We use Absolut vodka, but a Smirnoff would work just as great.
- A sugarsyrup: About. 2½ dl (check our recipe here)
- Lemon zest: A few centimeters without to much of the white stuff, which is very bitter - obviously from a organic and non-surfacetreated lemon)
- Optional: A bit of Armangac, Cognac or Brandy
Toss your (defrosted - if you go with frozen) blackberries in a clean jar. Squash them good, with your muddler, and pour over the vodka (and maybe Cognac) after which, you add the lemon zest. Close the lid and set aside into a cabinet, to avoid direct sunlight, for 2 - 3 days.
After 2 - 3 days you pour a little at a time, into a fine sift and squeeze as mush as possible through using the backside of a spoon, into a bowl. A the sugar syrup and stir - and you are done :) Pour the finished Creme de Mure on to a clean bottle and keep it in the fridge, where it will last for about a month - if you can keep it from being used up, for that long.
We promise, that we will take some pictures the next time we make a Creme de Mure, to show in this article so you can see each individual step in the process! Until then, you will have to do with an image of a Bramble, made using our own homemade Creme de Mure!