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Making Blackberry Gin

Having a bumper crop of blackberries this year, and having already made jam and stewed up lots for crumbles and pies in the Winter, I was thinking what else could I do with them?  Then I thought what about Blackberry Gin?  I researched on line for a recipe but there were lots of contradicting quantities so in the end I sort of made up my own from a combination of a couple of different recipes.


First you need to wash the blackberries well, as flies are definitely attracted to them. Place the washed blackberries into a demi john. I had lots so I used 1 kilo of fruit.


Next add the sugar, just ordinary granulated or caster will do.  I used 300g.


Add the gin, I used 2 x 70cl bottles (the cheap stuff from Lidl).


Add 3 dessert spoons of lemon juice.


Then give is all a good shake.


The gin immediately took on the colour of the blackberries, so after the 3 months infusing it, it will be dark and glorious.  Just ready in time for Christmas!! The French call it Crème de Mure.

Want to try some?  Come and visit or stay with us at Lodge House B&B.



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Making Rhubarb Gin

DSC01378For this recipe you will need:

a bottle of cheap gin 700ml

400g of chopped rhubarb

400g of castor or granulated sugar

juice of one lemon

To make the rhubarb gin, first pick or buy enough rhubarb. Then chop the leaves off and discard, and chop the stems into inch long pieces and wash.


Add to a clean glass jar or demijohn, together with 400g of sugar.


Then add the gin


and finally the lemon juice.


Give it all a big swish round


Keep in a cool and dark place for 2 weeks

Then strain the rhubarb off and you are left with lovely pink rhubarb gin.

Already in just an hour the gin has started to turn pink.


You can then make a G&T in the normal way or add a little rhubarb gin to champagne for some extra fizz.  Enjoy!!




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Making plum gin

The first thing to do is pick your plums and sort out those that are ripe.  We have a Victoria plum tree so we always use those.


Destalk them and wash them, then prick them all over with a knife.


Weigh them, you need at least 500g fruit to every 70 cl bottle of gin and 250g of caster sugar.  I made double and put in a few extra plums for good measure.  Add these to a suitable container such as a wide neck large jar.DSC00458

Next weigh and add the sugar.


Then add 4 drops of vanilla essence per 70 cl of gin.


Add the gin (I used 2 x 70 cl bottles of Lidl gin, nothing posh!!)


Then put the lid on and give it a good shake.  Shake every day for a week, then every week for a month, then just every now and again.


Leave to marinate for approx. 4 months.  If you make it now it should be ready for Xmas.

You can use the same basic recipe for sloe gin or damson gin.  With sloes you need to put them in the freezer for a couple of days first to imitate frost, then follow the same steps as above in the same quantities.  Whatever fruit you use it turns out delicious!!  Much to be recommended.

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