Homemade Damson Gin Recipe

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This damson gin recipe really couldn't be any easier! We all love a deliciously fruity gin, especially in the summer time when the sun is shining, and all we want to do is be in a pub garden. But even better than buying your own damson gin, with its sweet flavour, is making your own. And this damson gin recipe is a perfect way to get started.

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It'll take you just a few minutes to put together this recipe once you've got everything prepared and ready, as all you need to do is layer the fruit and sugar before topping generously with your favourite gin. We love Hendricks, but you can use any you'd prefer. But be warned - if you're planning to enjoy some of this damson gin recipe, it'll be around 2-3 months before the mixture is ready to drink, as the flavours take time to come together.

Top tip for making this refreshing damson gin recipe:

For the first week, shake the damson gin daily, after that, shake once a week - so make sure to keep it somewhere you'll remember! It will last for up to a year, after the 2-3 months wait is up.
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But if you're too late to enjoy the gin yourself this side of summer, never fear, because this damson gin recipe would be the perfect gift for a loved one. As it's homemade, it's a present that'll be really appreciated by the gin-lover in your life, as making it yourself is so much more personal than grabbing a bottle from the shops. You could even decorate your bottles with some personalised labels or decoration, depending on who the gift is for. After all, it's the personal touches that really make a gift!

Ingredients

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

Method

  • 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 2-3 months.

  • Strain and bottle into sterilised bottles.

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