Where and when to pick blackberries
Bramble grows almost anywhere throughout the UK. It is common in woodland, hedges, scrub and wasteland. After flowering from late spring to early summer, fruit ripens and turns black from late July.
Tips and advice
Even if you dislike whisky, I would still recommend you have a go at this recipe, because the resulting tipple does not taste of whisky at all. It comes out magnificently fruity and smooth.
Once you have strained it, don’t throw the fruit away. Having slept in the whisky for six months, the blackberries will be delicious folded through whipped cream and oatmeal to make cranachan, a traditional Scottish dessert. You could also spoon them over ice cream or make into compote.
The whisky will improve the longer you leave it, so try to resist for at least a further three months. I am told that it will keep getting better year after year if you have the willpower to leave it be!
Bramble whisky is delicious sipped neat but you can also make a refreshing long drink by serving it over ice with soda water or lemonade.
If you only make one foraged treat this year make it bramble whisky. You won’t be disappointed!