Monday, October 4, 2010

Damson gin or vodka

One of my favourite things to do with damson plums is make damson vodka or damson gin. It's easy to make, is delicious and makes a great gift!



You'll need:
  • damson plums. For one jar you only need a half litre of plums.

  • approx. 250ml of sugar

  • approx. 750ml gin or vodka

  • one litre glass jar


Steps:
1. Fill a jar half full to 2/3 full with damson plums. Prick each plum with something sharp before adding to the jar. This helps release the juices. Alternatively you can freeze the plums first. I use frozen plums. It's way easier.
2. Add sugar so that it fills approx. a quarter of the jar

3. Fill jars to the top with vodka or gin. Screw on lid.

4. Shake jars once a day until the sugar dissolves. Store in a dark place for 3 months. Remove the plums. Enjoy!

The vodka/gin will keep for at least a year. It does not need to be refrigerated.

The alcohol steeped plums can be eaten - they make a nice boozy addition to a cheese board.

The vodka/gin can be enjoyed straight up, over ice, or in a mixed drink (with mineral water and a twist of lime is nice).

4 comments:

AKT said...

What a great idea. I can't wait to try this out for Christmas gifts. Thanks for sharing. AK from A-K's Kitchen

Urban Girl said...

oh I love this idea! "boozy addition to a cheese board" - sounds great!

Green Grrl said...

Hi AKT! Glad you like it. Hope you write a post on how your vodka or gin turns out. :)

Hey Urban Girl :) As well as putting them on a cheese board I'm also going to experiment with making a 'grown up' plum crisp with them. For adults only!

Katherine - Urban Girl said...

mmmm... what were the ingredients again... I think I need to make me some this winter - great that you can use frozen plums!