Damson Gin

Gin, flavoured with sweet and fruity damsons.

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This year, while picking sloes, we were lucky enough to come across a really big damson tree! At first we thought we had just come across a bush with unusually large sloes, but we soon realised the leaves and branches were different, and that we must be picking something else. A quick search on the internet told us that we were indeed picking damsons, which are much more rare and exciting!

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We filled a large carrier bag and spent a few hours at home looking up recipes. I read that damson gin is supposed to be even more delicious than sloe gin, so I decided we should probably make a few batches to enjoy at Christmas.

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We are making a sloe and damson wine with the rest which is very exciting, but it won’t be ready for another year! So I’m glad I will have some damson gin to enjoy while I’m waiting.

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Variations: You could add some winter spices to your gin, to give a more Christmasy feel – cinnamon and all spice berries would work well.

Ingredients: Makes around 900ml

  • 500g damsons
  • 200g sugar
  • 750ml gin

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To Make:

Weight out 500g of damsons and wash. Then use a sharp knife to cut a small slash in the side of each damson and drop into a large >1.5L kilner jar.

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Weigh out 200g of sugar and add to the damsons. Then pour over 750ml of gin.

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Seal the jar and shake vigorously to start dissolving the sugar.

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Store in a cool dark place and shake semi- regularly for 3 months.

Then strain out the damsons from the gin, and pour into sterilised glass bottles.  Store in a cool dark place.

Serve over ice and enjoy!

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