James’ Gin Gems Number 9 – Sweet Winter Gin

Sweet Winter Gin

  • 1 lb damsons
  • 1 lb sugar
  • 1 bottle of Beefeater Gin (750 ml is you like it syrupy, 1 litre if you like less syrupy – both work OK)

Prick damsons, put into a clean sterilised glass container that can be sealed. (Demi-Johns are perfect.)
Add sugar and shake every day until the sugar is very pink.
Add gin, shake and store in a dark place. Turn and swill fruit around once a day until sugar has dissolved then leave and shake occasionally.
After three months, strain and bottle.
Damsons are usually ready in September which means gin is ready for bottling just before Christmas.

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