Mulberry Vodka

The mulberries have started falling and staining the grass under the tree canopy.

It’s hard to harvest them. You don’t pick them but by the time you’ve found the easily bruised fruit many are past their best.

I got a sheet and a ladder and shook some of the lower branches and gathered half a tubful.

I’ve got some vodka to make a fruit liqueur.

A couple of years ago I made one with grated quince and sugar.

Today I thought it was the turn of the mulberries.

I washed and sterilised the jar but didn’t wash the fruit.

I added a tablespoon of sugar for every three tablespoons of fruit and layered as I went – covering it all with vodka which I will leave for a few months to mature.

I might give it a shake every now and then.

Then I’ll strain it through muslin and serve it with white wine or champagne – a bit like kir.

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6 thoughts on “Mulberry Vodka”

  1. Sounds great, Cath. I have to own up to trying one of your mulberries recently and it was delicious! Set me wondering why it’s a fruit you don’t generally see for sale. Maybe too tricky to harvest?
    Xx

  2. Why don’t you wash the fruit? Do you think it would work with gin? I shall go and see if there is anything left on my mulberry tree!

    1. If you wash it all the juice goes down the drain.

      I’ll strain it through muslin to get rid of any bits.

      Yes, gin should work.

  3. That sounds wonderful! There was a mulberry tree at my grandmother’s house. My sister has tried to root cuts from the tree, unsuccessfully. I wish I had a rooted cut from it. I can’t think of a better use for the berries—we ate them by the handfuls as kids!

    1. What wonderful memories.

      Did the juice run down your chin and stain your lips and fingers?

      I am hoping to top up the big kilner jar of mulberry vodka with a handful more as they fall off the higher branches!

      Re propagation this is what I found on the RHS site – one of my sources of information for all things horticultural.
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      Mulberries can be increased in a number of ways;

      Hardwood cuttings

      Hardwood cuttings are a reliable way of propagating mulberries and are best taken in late autumn or early spring.

      Cut well-ripened young shoots 30-60cm long (1-2ft). Treat with hormone rooting powder.

      Insert cuttings into soil in a cold frame to a depth of 15-20cm (6-8in).

      The following autumn plant the young plants out and grow on for two years before planting in final position

      Morus roots well from larger pieces of wood up to 10cm (4in) thick.

      In winter, plant two- to four-year-old ‘truncheons’ straight into the ground in their permanent positions.

      There’s more information here:

      https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=642

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