Summer Berry Vodka

Fancy something different to drink at Christmas this year? Why not have a crack at making your own flavoured vodka! It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy. Well actually, you don’t squeeze the lemon – you just use the zest but you get my point!

Here is what you will need to make about 800ml.

  • 300g Pack of Strawberries
  • 125g Pack of Raspberries
  • 1 Lemon, pared zest
  • 200g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Vanilla Pod
  • 70cl Bottle Vodka

Special Equipment

This recipe is adapted from a book I have called Gifts from the Kitchen.

First up, hull and quarter the strawberries and pop them in a large bowl along with the raspberries and the paired zest of the lemon. (The zest cut into strips.)

Halve the vanilla pod and add it to the bowl along with the sugar. Mix well and leave to one side for about 2 hours.

Once the contents of the bowl have started to swim in their own juices, you are ready to jar.

Using a 1 Litre Kilner Jar that has been sterilised, (find out how to do this here) ladle in the contents of the bowl. Then add the vodka, mix really well and seal the lid.

Now to be patient! Store this in the fridge for anywhere between 1 week to a month. It’s the first time I’ve ever made this but I’m guessing it’s like a marinade, the longer you leave it the deeper the flavour. Just be sure to shake it occasionally to ensure the flavours are mixing well.

When you want to use it – strain the vodka through a fine sieve or a piece of muslin and decant into bottles. It will keep in the fridge for up to 2 months.

Summer Berry Vodka

Happy making your own booze-ing!

Miss KitchenMason

Frothy Cocoa Milkshake Thing!

This recipe comes from a book my other half found called Waste Not Want Not. It’s really simple, really quick and really tasty! Here is what you will need to make 4 half pint glasses. (Or 2 pint glasses if you’re feeling greedy!)

  • 10 Large Ice Cubes
  • 500ml Milk
  • 3tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 3 tbsp Honey

Put the ice cubes in a blender and pour the cold milk over the top.

Sprinkle in the cocoa powder followed by the honey. I actually used more than the 3tbsp of honey stated in the recipe as the cocoa powder I used was quite rich and I have quite a sweet tooth!

Then blend on a low to medium to start with, then at top speed until no more ice cubes are visible.

Et vous voila, frothy cocoa milkshake thing!

My other half said that this was lovely (as did I) but would also be good warm… I may have to try this at some point! Obviously minus the  ice cubes.

And there you have it. A really quick & simple pud/drink. And if you used low fat milk… quite a low calorie treat in these horribly diet ridden months following Christmas!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas & New Year!

Miss Kitchen Mason