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Nov 16, 2006 07:31 PM

Curious about Blackberry Brandy

I am always seeing this behind the counter at cheap liquor stores - what on earth does this stuff taste like?

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  1. Literally, it tastes like cough syrup. My grandfather was a big drinker of it along with cherry brandy, which is like robitussin. Somehow, my grandmother did not have much of a problem with him consuming this, but if he reached for gin, vodka or whiskey then it was hell to pay. It always put a nice glow on his cheeks.

    1. Keep in mind, the label doesn't really read "Blackberry Brandy." It reads "Blackberry FLAVORED Brandy" (emphasis added).

      True brandy produced from fruit is, Calvados being the major exception, clear. It's eau-de-vie, and is distiled from the fruit itself: cherries (kirsch), pears (poire), raspberries (framboise), etc. Most cheap fruit brandies are grape brandies that have been flavored with a fruit syrup.

      1. My former boyfriend would order a shot of blackberry brandy at the Glen Park Station, and it relieves constipation rather quickly!

        1. If you're curious, but want something palatable, try a creme de mure from Burgundy. Then try a domestic blackberry brandy for comparison if you're brave.

          5 Replies
          1. re: warrenr

            I would think that the domestic would be much, much higher in alcohol than the creme de mure.

            I found this recipe online for homemade blackberry-infused brandy. Sounds kinda nice:

            "2 cups fresh blackberries, crushed
            1 cup sugar dissolved in
            1/2 cup water
            2 cups 80 proof Brandy

            Directions: Put the berries and their juice in a glass jar with one cup of brandy. shake well, seal tightly, and let steep for one week. Pour the mixture through a strainer lined with clean cloth (cheesecloth works well). Squeeze to remove all juice. Repeat without squeezing to remove haze. Add the last cup of brandy and Sugar syrup (water and sugar dissolved over light heat)

            Notes: This is delicious! they loved this one. i didn't get all of the bits strained out so it was a little chunky, but no one minded. for different flavors try adding a few cloves, a small amount of cinnamon or coriander."

            1. re: frenetica

              Sage and blackberries are divine together, too. I have a blackberry sage cordial on the shelf right now and it's delicious. I think next time I'll add a little lemon zest and vanilla as background players.

              1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                Hi darlings,I have some old cordial recipes from Nanny for non alcohol blackberry cordial,cranberry cordial,vanilla cordial,and alcohol balckberry cordial.would love to swape you the sage blackberry cordial and adding the lemon zest an vanilla recipes.W

                1. re: blackberrygirl

                  Try Echte Kroatzbeere, it's a German Blackberry Liqueur and it's MUCH better than the cheap "Blackberry Flavored Brandy" garbage.

                  1. re: scolopendra

                    The cheap blackberry brandy is along the lines of wines like Manochevitz concord grape or blackberry. Sweet, sticky and thickish. I happen to like blackberry brandy but you want the one that says on the label that actual blackberries are used to flavor the brandy.

                    It works for me when I have a cold. Making your own as others mentioned is easy. I don't do anything special. I just fill a mason jar with the best summer blackberries, fill it to the top with brandy and a teaspoon of sugar. Then I put it in the fridge for a few months. When ready to drink, strain out the shriveled blackberries. It is lovely and so much more delicious than the cheap bottled stuff.

          2. The best of the Blackberry "Flavored" Brandies is, imho, made by LeRoux but make sure you get the one labeled JEZYNOWKA "Made specially to the Polish taste". Affordable, 70 proof, and I've been sipping it for over 30 years.