The reason for picking is Blackberry whiskey. A lovely winter drink almost like Port and very easy to make, much easier than wine.
Sloe Gin is made in the same way but by using sloes. I prefer to pick them after the first frosts but you can pick them now and freeze them first . The sloes need to be pricked with a fork before using them and you can add a few drops of Almond Essence if you like the taste.
Another good recipe is Vanilla Vodka using the same method, a 1/3 of sugar but replace fruit with a whole vanilla pod.
After filling a pot with fruit ,enough for my first bottle ... we set off back home, it was starting to get dark..
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