~ Raspberry Vodka ~
approx 350g fresh raspberries
75-150g golden caster sugar (depending on how sweet you like it - I like mine a little tart)
70cl Vodka (some say the cheaper the better)
an air-tight jar, very clean
Place the raspberries in the jar, add the sugar and pour over the vodka. Close the jar and give it a really good and vigorous shake. For the first month, you need to shake it up as often as you remember - every day if possible. For the following couple of months just give it a shake every week or other week. Keep it at room temperature and away from direct sunlight; I keep mine in plain view on the kitchen counter so I don't forget to shake it! Leave your vodka to infuse for at least two months, three if you can wait. When the time comes, you will need a clean bottle, a funnel and a sieve (or clean muslin cloth) to separate the liquid from the berries. Your raspberry vodka is now ready to drink. But don't throw away the boozy berries - they are delicious slightly warmed and eaten with ice cream for example, or baked in a cake, or punch... I'm looking forward to Autumn already.