Strawberry Gin



I used to make this every year but haven't in the last few. Decided it was time to get some strawberry gin on the go then it will be ready for Christmas. It's a good time to start it whilst strawberries are in season and cheap. As you add loads of sugar there's no sense in using a premium gin. I got a bottle for £7.99 from Lidl. The finished liqueur is ruby red and is great on it's own with ice or served with tonic to make a pink GnT.

Strawberry Gin
(Makes 2 kilner jars worth, as above)

First sterilise the jars
Wash the jars in hot, mildly soapy water and rinse well. Remove the rubber seals and place the jars in a pre-heated low oven of 110c/225F for 20 minutes.

Ingredients

750g/ 1 1/2 lbs of strawberries
375g 12oz caster sugar
1 bottle of gin

Wash and hull the strawberries and split between the jars. Cover each pile of strawberries with half of the sugar. Pour half a bottle of gin into each jar.

Seal and leave for 1-2 months. The strawberries will loose their colour and the sugar will dissolve.

Strain through muslim or a coffee filter and pour into a sterilised bottle. Store for another month.


Comments

  1. wow this sounds amazing! That's some impressive forward planning as well. What a great idea.

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  2. Hello I'm back from my trip ^_^
    This sounds FANTASTIC... I really don't like gin though, does this taste a lot better than gin on its own? Can you mix it with anything?

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  3. Hi Velovegan, I'm the same, gin is my least favourite spirit - too perfumy. This really takes on the flavour of the strawberries and is very sweet so the gin is tamed! I've only ever tried it on it's own or with tonic. might be nice with orange. Or maybe you could make it with vodka instead of gin. Would work the same and vodka is pretty neutral tasting.

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  4. We do a similar thing with mixed fruit, ie add some cherries and red grapes etc if your not a fan of Gin then try brandy! its really delicious as well :)

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  5. I am going to make this right now! Just gotta get the gin and I'm down. :)

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  6. This sounds great! Gin can be strong but you can make damson gin which is good and sloe gin. Sloes are usually around in the fall or Autumn. You can find them growing wild in hedgerows.

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