Homemade Damson Gin

This delicious damson gin recipe is so easy to make and will be enjoyed by all and makes a lovely gift, when it's ready in a few months

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  • Makes 1.2 litres

  • Prep time 10 mins

  • Total time 10 mins

    plus 2-3 months


  • 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.

  2. Take 2 large sterilised Kilner jars and layer up the damsons and sugar between them, then pour over the gin.

  3. Give it all a good shake and leave in a cool, dark place for 2-3 months.

  4. Strain and bottle into sterilised bottles.