Blackberry & Vodka Soup – something a little bit different

As a Nutritionist and Weight Loss Coach, I am always looking out for something a little bit different to share, I like to mix up the tried and tested, so this is for  soup fans everywhere,  a little different and one of my cheeky favs!   I would like to say it was made with leftovers, but there is rarely any vodka “left” after a party……..


  • 450g/1lb fresh or frozen blackberries.
  • 1 cup red grape juice.
  • 2 tbsp vodka.
  • 2 rounded tsp powdered arrowroot.

Garnish; spoonful of Greek yoghurt and a sprig of mint.


Place blackberries in a saucepan with the grape juice.

Place lid on pan, bring to the boil and simmer over a very low heat until tender and juicy (2 – 5 minutes if fresh and a little longer if frozen).

Place the arrowroot powder in a small bowl and stir in 2tbsp water to make a smooth paste. Stir this paste into the blackberries, and keep stirring until the mixture thickens.  Stir in the (best ingredient!) vodka.

Serve warm or chilled with a spoonful of Greek yoghurt in the centre, decorated with a sprig of mint.


This soup can be with a variety of berries.  I am using Blackberries now but blueberries, bilberries and black cherries all have similar nutritional properties.

What it’s good for –

Dark red and purple fruits are rich in flavonoids, which if eaten regularly help to prevent small blood vessels from leaking water ad protein into surrounding tissues.  Excellent for water retention. And Vodka? Well they say a little what you fancy does you good, and in this case a little goes a long way!!


I found this recipe in one of my favourite Soup books, The Big Healthy Soup Diet, by Linda Lazarides



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