Recipe | Blackberry Oxymel
An Oxymel is an immunity boosting drink made with a mixture of vinegar and honey. We are in bountiful blackberry season so for this recipe we are harvesting a few of the juicy berries from the early Autumn hedgerows to add to the oxymel - boosting it's vitamin and mineral content.
We use raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar which is naturally anti-inflammatory and helps maintain a healthy pH balance as well as helping in regulating metabolism. We also use local honey which is naturally antibiotic and rich in antioxidants.
What you will need -
1 cup blackberries
Enough raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to cover
local runny honey
Half fill a sterilised jar with the blackberries and top with the vinegar. Secure the lid and leave to infuse in a cool dark place for 3-4 weeks, gently shaking the jar periodically. Strain the mixture through muslin/cheesecloth into a jug, discarding the fruit.
Mix equal parts of the infused vinegar to honey and pour in a sterilised bottle.
To drink, use like a cordial and dilute with a little hot (not boiling) water. Drink in the morning as part of your energising, immune boosting routine.
Store the oxymel in a cool, dark place, once opened, keep in the fridge and use within 2 months.