This home-made Plum Gin involves combining fresh plums, sugar and gin and allowing time for the essence of the fruit to transfer into the alcohol.
- 500 g (1 lb) fresh plums
- 100 g (4 oz) caster sugar
- 500 ml (1 pint) gin
- Wash the plums. Prick them with a fork and then cut them in half without removing the stones.
- Place the plums in a sterilised jar.
- Add the sugar and gin and shake to mix together. The gin must cover the top of the plums.
- Put the lid on the jar.
- Keep it in a cool, dark place for four weeks.
- At the end of that time, the gin is ready to drink! Strain the gin into a sterilised bottle through a muslin cloth held in a funnel and discard the fruit.
You can sterilise your jam jars by washing them 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 20 minutes preparation time, you will need to allow 24 hours for the rhubarb 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.
Keywords: gin, plum, home-made gin, fruit gin,