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Cherry gin

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • plus steeping
  • Easy
  • Makes 1 x 700ml bottle

Make up a batch of cherry gin to drink neat, mix with tonic, or try with sparkling water and a slice of lemon for a refreshing alternative to a G&T

  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan
Nutrition: Per 25ml
NutrientUnit
kcal71
fat0g
saturates0g
carbs4g
sugars4g
fibre0g
protein0g
salt0g
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Ingredients

  • 500g cherries (any kind but morello or sour cherries work well)
  • 700ml bottle gin
  • 150g caster sugar

You will also need

  • 1l wide-necked, flip-top or sealable jar, sterilised

Method

  • STEP 1

    Wash the cherries well, discarding any bruised fruit, and remove any stalks or leaves. Put the whole cherries (with the stones) into the 1-litre jar, along with the gin and sugar. Seal the lid, and shake until most of the sugar dissolves. Reserve the gin bottle if you’re planning to decant the liquor back into it later.

  • STEP 2

    Keep in a cool dark place, and give the jar a shake every day, if you can, or every couple of days. The cherry gin will be ready after three weeks, but can be kept for up to three months with the cherries in for a stronger flavour. Don’t keep the cherries in the gin for any longer than three months or the flavour will start to deteriorate. The cherries will lighten in colour as the gin darkens and takes on the flavour.

  • STEP 3

    Decant a little into a glass, and taste. When you’re happy with the flavour, strain through a fine mesh cloth or muslin, back into the original, or another, clean bottle, and discard the fruit. The flavour will keep developing over time, store in a cool dark place. Drink on its own, mix with tonic, or top up with sparkling water and serve with a slice of lemon for a refreshing alternative to a G&T.

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