Making your own Blackberry Gin is so easy and the end result is a delicious reminder of blackberry season that you can enjoy all year around!
- 200 g (7 oz) blackberries
- 100 g (3.5 oz) caster or super-fine sugar
- 200 ml (quarter of a pint) gin
- Wash the blackberries thoroughly.
- Mix the blackberries thoroughly with the sugar in a large bowl.
- Spoon the blackberries and sugar into a sterilised jar. Leave for 24 hours to allow the blackberries to macerate in the sugar and release their juices.
- Add the gin to the jar of blackberries and sugar. Shake thoroughly to ensure it is mixed.
- Leave in a cool, dry, dark place for four weeks.
- At the end of that time, the gin is ready to drink! Strain the gin into sterilised bottles through a muslin cloth held in a funnel and it will keep for approximately six months.
You can sterilise your jar by washing it in warm, soapy water, rinsing well and then drying off for 15 minutes in an oven set at 140C/120C fan/gas 1.
Although it only takes 15 minutes preparation time, you will need to allow 24 hours for the blackberries to macerate in the sugar and, once you have added the gin, it will take a further four weeks to allow the flavour to develop.
You can scale this recipe up or down according to how many blackberries you feel like picking. Add half as much weight in sugar as your weight of blackberries. The amount of gin in ml should be equivalent to the weight in grams of your blackberries.
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