I don’t know if you remember a few months ago, a blog I did where I explained that I was making some homemade fruit-flavoured gin (a little bit like sloe gin but flavoured with apples and brambles).
Well, after two months of gentle turning and wondering, I thought it was about time to crack it open so I strained the liquor from the fruit and put it back in the original gin bottle.
The fruit seems to have absorbed most of the alcohol (or at least that’s what it tastes like!) but it’s rather nice and I think we will keep it in the fridge and have it with ice cream for a grown-up dessert.
The resulting liquor is the most amazing colour – but I deliberately didn’t make it too sweet, like a liqueur, as I think it will take great with some tonic or lemonade.
The recipe is below if you fancy a go next year, as I reckon it’s a result!
Simon’s Apple and Bramble Gin
- 300g crushed barley sugar (or more to taste)
- 1 apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped
- 250g blackberries
- 750ml gin
- Using a funnel, pour the sugar into a large, sterilised bottle (you can sterilise the bottle in a very hot dishwasher, or boil it in a pan of water for 10 minutes).
- Add the fruit and then the gin. Seal tightly, then label with the date and store in a dark place. Turn the bottle as often as you can to dissolve the sugar.
- After three months, strain off the alcohol and place in dry, warm, sterilised bottles (prepared as described above). Seal and label with the date. It will keep for years.