Strawberry gin

Strawberry gin

Unlike sloe gin, this strawberry version only needs 3 days to stand for the flavours to develop.  Strain and decant into a pretty bottle or several smaller ones, then add a handmade label and ribbons for a personalised Christmas gift.  Delicious served with ice and chilled tonic.

  • Makes 1 large bottle
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Standing time: 3 days

Ingredients

  • 450g (1 lb) strawberries
  • 150g (5oz) caster sugar
  • 700ml bottle gin

Method

  1. Very roughly crush the strawberries with a fork or potato masher then spoon into a wide necked glass bottle or le parfait style storage jar. Add the sugar then the gin, seal and give a gentle shake to mix.
  2. Leave the jar at room temperature for 3 days, giving the container a gentle shake twice each day to make sure that the sugar dissolves.
  3. Strain the mixture then decant into a clean, dry serving bottle. Seal well with a screw topped lid, cork or clip top.  Decorate the bottle with a handwritten label tied on with ribbon or raffia.  Serve in glasses with ice and tonic or add a splash to chilled sparkling white wine with a halved strawberry for a quick cocktail.

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