Homemade Damson Gin

Great serve chilled, over ice or topped 
up with some sparkling wine.

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  • Makes 1.2 litres

  • Prep time 10 mins

  • Total time 10 mins


  • 500g (1lb 2oz) damsons
  • 125g (4½oz) caster sugar
  • 1 litre (1¾pt) gin


For the first week, shake the damson gin daily, after that, shake once a week. It will last for up to a year.


  1. Instead of having to go through the necessary but tedious process of pricking the damsons with a darning needle, use thawed frozen fruit instead. Take 2 large sterilised Kilner jars and layer up the damsons and sugar between them, then pour over the gin. Give it all a good shake and leave in a cool, dark place for 2 to 3 months. Then strain and bottle into sterilised bottles.