Damson Gin

Gin is so on trend at the moment so I thought I would have a bit of an experiment and make some with the Damsons from my tree. Its so easy to make, in fact I could get quite hooked on this and experimenting with flavours too. Naturally, I have to make some Damson and Rose Gin.  I will have to create some fancy labels, not that I am going to sell it, but so that it looks good on my kitchen shelf! – or maybe it wont be on the shelf for long.

Apparently it will all be ready for Christmas – so just as well the workshops finish on 20 December.

Gin bars are very popular at weddings and I can see why, in fact I would rather have a Gin and Prosecco bar and add mix prosecco with some flavoured Gin – amazing.  Of course your Gin bar needs to be decorated with some flowers and as Damsons are part of the rose family, then foliage and roses is the way to go, there are some stunning deep lilac roses which would look perfect.

For my Damson Gin recipe, I have used 1 lb Damsons, washed and pricked with a fork and put into a kilner jar, then added 6oz sugar and 70cl of Gin and closed the lid.  It needs to be shaken every day for a week and then a couple of times a week, taste it after a month to see if it is sweet enough, if not add a bit more sugar. You can use granulated, caster, or soft brown sugar, they will all give different flavours,

You can wash put the empty Gin Bottles and then keep them to bottle the flavoured Gin into when it is ready.

If you have any amazing Gin recipes, please share