This damson gin recipe really couldn’t be any easier! We all love a deliciously fruity gin, in the summer time when the sun is shining, and we want to be in a pub garden, it’s refreshing. In the winter, when we crave the warmth of a crackling fire, it’s comforting. But even better than buying your own damson gin, with its distinctive sweet flavour, is making your own. And this simple damson gin recipe is a perfect way to get started, it requires just three ingrediants.
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, so plan ahead. If you want to enjoy this over the festive period then prepare your damson gin recipe around October. For summer, prep this around March or April.
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 see it and remember! It will last for up to a year, after the 2-3 months wait is up. We’re sure you’ll drink it long before the year is up, but be sure to add a date label just in case.
If you want to share the love, this damson gin recipe would be the perfect gift for friends and family. 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!
- 500g (1lb 2oz) damsons
- 125g (4½oz) caster sugar
- 1 litre (1¾pt) gin
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, remembering to shake weekly.
Strain and bottle into sterilised bottles.