This is for Mrs Thomasina Tittlemouse who kindly requested the recipe for the Blackberry Gin my Dad made for Christmas this year. As explained to Mrs T, my dad is not known for his culinary skills - in fact he has to look up the recipe to boil an egg!
However he was absolutely delighted to have been asked for his recipe- Its more of a general method rather than a detailed recipe-so here goes!
My Dad's Blackberry Gin
Blackberries - enough to fill 1/3 of container
White or unrefined sugar
Take your quantity of blackberries and remove stalks and debris. Place in a bowl and lightly squash with a potato masher. Poor / transfer into a sterilised demijohn or glass bottle and fill to one third of the container. Add approximately one sixth of the container of sugar and top the bottle up with gin. Close container with lid or cork.
Swirl gently and leave in a cool dark place. Swirl bottle gently a couple of times a week for several weeks and then leave to stand. The resulting concoction will the need to be decanted after two to three months depending on how quick you want to drink it!
To decant- the mixture could be strained through a sterilised jelly bag, or just poured through a coffee filter paper and funnel as in my previous post ( boiling water having been poured through first to make sure it was clean) into your chosen sterilised bottle. Although in the coffee filter method you would need to be careful not to pour the fruit pulp into the filter. So as not to waste anything -the alcoholic fruit base could be frozen if so desired and eaten with ice-cream at a later date. Beware this could be headache inducing!
The sweetness of the liqueur can be adjusted at the bottling stage. I quite like mine to be not too sweet and have found this level of sugar to be right for us
Having decanted and of course taste tested the blackberry gin I thought I would check on the allotment ( on foot of course!)
|On the way there- watercress beds on the right|
|Add the entrance|
|At the entrance of my wild plot|
|My lovely blue shed|
I am so looking forward to spending time down at my allotment and making it a pretty restful and productive area! roll on Spring!
And at home the snow is disappearing - I hope the cyclamen and primulas recover
|The snow is going!|