Home-made Blackberry Gin
I have only recently started making Blackberry Gin. Having had some initial success with Elderflower Gin and Rhubarb Gin (which is great for cocktails!) last year, I started to think about other seasonal fruits that I could use to produce delicious home-made gin! I have always been a keen blackberry picker but, in the past, have used them for jam and also cakes, puddings and desserts such as Blackberry Muffins, Blackberry Crumble and Blackberry Fool. However, it occurred to me that they might taste pretty good as a flavouring for gin.
Late August and early September is blackberry season in the Cotswolds. On my daily dog walks, I see the brambles growing rapidly during early summer. By mid-summer, their flowers are turning to fruit. In late summer, within a week or so, they suddenly seem to be covered in hundreds of juicy blackberries. You can, of course, buy blackberries all year round in supermarkets these days. However, there is nothing like picking your own. Even people who would never forage for any other kind of wild produce have memories of going blackberrying. Where I live, it is a pretty popular thing to do. On my relatively short drive to work last week, I saw no less than three groups of people, equipped with plastic containers and thick gloves, picking the blackberries that grow along the roadside.
In the past few years, there has been an increase in the popularity of flavoured gins, including Blackberry Gin, produced by niche producers and selling for a premium in supermarkets. I think home-made and traditional is best in terms of both flavour and price, so why not try making your own? It is really easy!
Blackberry Gin recipePrint
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!
- 450 g blackberries
- 225 g caster sugar
- 150 ml good quality 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 one third of the weight of blackberries.
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