I love gin. It is probably my most favourite drink in the world after a nice strong cup of tea, and I can often be found the the pub enjoying a crisp G&T with a cheeky slice of cucumber for good measure. Flavoured alcohol makes a great present (and you know…it is Christmas round the corner!) so I thought I’d raid my alcohol recipes for something a little different this year.
Sloe Gin is the most common and probably the most popular of homemade gin recipes out there, with Gordon’s themselves selling their own ready made bottles for those without ready access to sloe berries. I don’t have anywhere to find sloe berries in my local area – if only I did, I’d be picking a batch in a flash. However blackberries are much easier to come by and produce a beautifully sweet tasting gin with just an edge of sharpness that works perfectly in cocktails and over ice too.
Here is the simple recipe to make your own homemade bramble gin!
- 300g blackberries
- 1 bay leaf
- 200g caster sugar
- 750ml gin
- Put the blackberries, caster sugar and bay leaf in a large sterilised jar (like a kilner jar), adding the gin over the top.
- Seal, and store in a cool dark place for about 6 weeks, shaking it every so often to turn the gin a deep purple colour.
- When ready, strain the gin through a sieve with a brand new cloth or muslin into a sterilised bottle.
- If you are not gifting right away, store in a dark place so as not to discolour the gin.
A cheeky cocktail recipe to go with it
A purple gin fizz is a cocktail fit for any gin drinking queen. If gifting your precious bottle of bramble, attach this cocktail recipe to the bottle and watch your recipient giggle with delight.
- 50ml homemade bramble gin
- ½ lemon, juice only, retaining rind
- 2 tsp caster sugar
- 1 small egg white
- soda water
Place all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice and shake hard. Strain into a small glass, top with soda water and serve with the lemon rind as a garnish.