After trying lemoncello, and learning how simple it is to make, in the middle of berry season here, this was inevitable. Blackberries, vodka and simple syrup combined to produce an absolutely delicious nectar. I used what I had on hand, which was 80 proof vodka, and it does freeze. For this reason I suggest using 100 proof vodka. Other than that nothing could be simpler.
After comparing my mothers recipe with those posted here, I realized there were significant differences, so, here's the version I grew up with. More liquid yields a gooey, dense product, not at all cake-like.
As far as I can tell, this came from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
By making your own seasoning mix, you control the sodium, along with the rest(which chili powder,ketchup, etc. you prefer). By using salt-free ketchup, you can eliminate the salt and still serve a tasty Sloppy Joe.
Ran into a special on fresh pineapples, and my aversion to waste led me to this idea. Pineapple, lemon and ginger infused vodka with a simple syrup, to be kept in the freezer til time to share. If you use an 80 proof vodka it's probably going to freeze, but you simply set it in a sink of water for a few minutes and it'll thaw.
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