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Damson gin

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If you like sloe gin, then you'll love damson gin – it has the same rich, fruity, deep flavours and really showcases this delicious British fruit at its best. Pick them when they're at their best (usually in September), and experiment with other additions to the gin such as orange peel, cinnamon, star anise or cloves. We recommend making a few batches and playing around with additional spices to see which you like best.

The gin will have taken on the flavours of the damsons after three months, but even after it's strained and bottled it will continue to develop in flavour. If you can hide away a few bottles for a year (or even longer), the gin will gradually become incredibly smooth and well-rounded.

Ingredients

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  • 300g of damsons, ripe, washed
  • 150g of sugar
  • 600ml of gin
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1
Wash the ripe damsons and gently prick each one with a fork
2
Place the damsons into a clean 1l jar along with the sugar and gin. Close the lid and give it a good shake
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Store in a cool dark place for 3 months. After 3 months, strain the damsons and taste the gin. If you'd like it a little sweeter, you can add more sugar at this stage
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Transfer to a bottle – the damson gin is now ready to drink, though really benefits from ageing. We would recommend making a few batches so you can drink one and keep one for the next year (which will taste even better)
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