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Blackberry Infusions… Marionberry goodness


All of these infusions can be made with almost any variety of blackberry. Here in Oregon, we have a local cultivar of blackberry called the Marionberry.  This berry is slender and a bit tart, but a very tasty variety of blackberry.

I must be a bit greedy… because my recent trip to my parents’ farm to pick Marionberries yielded ten pounds of these beauties. (I also managed to come home with a couple pints of wild black raspberries, a favorite from my childhood.)

While most of the berries made their way into a large batch of jam, and a few ended up in a batch of Maple-Bourbon Blackberries, the rest were turned into several prized infusions.

Blackberry (Marionberry) Bourbon

2 1/2 c. Blackberries

2 1/4 c. Bourbon

Combine ingredients in a large jar, seal well and shake. Store in a cool, dark place for several months or until it reaches your desired taste, shaking contents every few days. Add sugar/honey if desired. Strain and filter with strainer, cheesecloth, and coffee filters.

Blackberry (Marionberry) Mojito Infusion

2 c. Blackberries

2 c. Rum

1/4 c. Packed mint leaves (we used a combination of spearmint and chocolate mint)

Zest of 1 lime

2 TB Sugar (or more to taste)

Combine all ingredients in a large jar and follow directions above for Blackberry Bourbon.

Blackberry-Lemon Liqueur

2 c. Blackberries

Zest of 1 lemon

1 1/4 c. Brandy

3/4 c. Vodka

2 TB Sugar (or more to taste)

Combine all ingredients in a large jar and follow directions above for Blackberry Bourbon.

While you may not have Marionberries in your area, try any of these liqueurs/infusions with your local variety of blackberry. As each variety has a different “sweetness” to it, you may want to alter the sugar content to suit your variety.


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Bourbonberry Cocktail


Author: Alicia

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30 thoughts on “Blackberry Infusions… Marionberry goodness

  1. Those mason jars look so gorgeous! Everything sounds delicious.

  2. Oh, yum! I didn’t know the marionberry was a type of blackberry — I always wondered.

    I’ve been meaning to tell you, we started the coffee bourbon infusion a few days ago, and I can hardly wait until it’d ready!

  3. The blackberries may be the best thing about living in the PNW as far as I’m concerned. These sound amazing!

  4. Looks great. We will try the blackberry mojito…although it is hard to keep from eating them all now…very sweet so far this year…

  5. Love blackberries! Will have to try a few of these!

  6. Will have to try the mojito one, I have a bramble in my yard and this year looks to have a good crop. Just another month or or so.
    But what are chocolate mint leaves?

    • Great! I hope you do try it. Chocolate mint leaves are just a variety of mint, there are many varieties of mint, and I just happen to have spearmint and chocolate, so that is what I used. A traditional mojito would use spearmint, and that is what you usually see at the store, labeled “mint” in the fresh herbs section.

  7. Lucky you getting all those marionberries. These recipes sound wonderful.

  8. Gorgeous berries!
    It is an honor to have been featured with you on Punk Domestics, today.

  9. Thanks for the link love! We often go to Washington where we get Marionberries as well. I can’t wait to go back up to gather the wild berries. So tasty! I’ve pinned several of your recipes & love your site! Thanks again for sharing all that you do & thanks again for the link love! Have a LOVELY week! 🙂

  10. Thanks for the link love! We often go to Washington where they have Marionberries. I love ’em! And, I can’t wait to go back and gather some wild berries that grow up there. Thanks again for the link love! I love your site and all the fun stuff you do. Have a lovely weekend! 🙂

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  12. Oh my, I don’t know where to begin! Our berry stand has the best marionberries right now and I think some are begging to jump into bourbon. I love all the infusions you share! The coffee one sounds amazing, too…

    • Yes! I hope some of those marionberries did find their way into some bourbon! And please do try making the coffee bourbon. It was so good! And if you make it, do not skip the milkshake recipe!

  13. White or dark rum?

    • Great question! I used white rum, as I was going for a “mojito” taste, but I think a dark rum would also be delicious.

      • Thanks! I will try the white rum. Here, in England, we are not big mojito drinkers so I wasn’t sure. Blackberries picked and waiting in my kitchen…..

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  16. By “seal well” do you mean close tightly, or do we have to can (as in boil until it seals) it?

  17. By “seal well” do you mean close tightly, or do we have to can (as in boil until it seals) it?

  18. Hi Alicia, I’ve been looking for a blueberry infused bourbon recipe. I see you use dried cherries for your cherry infusion but fresh berries for your marionberry one. Is there a rule as to which preparation of fruit you use? I’m afraid the fresh blueberries won’t have the same sweetness as the dried ones. Thanks!

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