Damson vodka in glasses

Damson vodka

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Prep: 30 mins plus 12 hours freezing and 2-3 months maturing time

Easy

Makes 1.5 litres

Make the most of autumnal fruit with our simple homemade damson vodka recipe. This autumnal drink is delicious neat or served in seasonal cocktails

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per 25ml

  • kcal58
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0g
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Ingredients

  • 500g damsons
    Damson

    Damson

    dam-sun

    A small fruit with vibrant dark blue skin and a strong, sour flavour, damsons are similar to…

  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 1l bottle of vodka
    Vodka

    Vodka

    vod-ka

    Originally associated with Russia, Slavonic, Baltic and Scandinavian countries, vodka has become…

Method

  1. Rinse and pick over the damsons to remove any leaves and stalks, then pat dry, tip into a freezer bag and freeze overnight. The next day, bash the bag of damsons a couple of times with a rolling pin, then tip the lot into a 2-litre jar, or divide between two smaller jars.

  2. Pour in the sugar and vodka, and put the lid on. Shake well. Each day for a week, give the jar a good shake until all the sugar has dissolved, then put it in a cool, dark place and leave for two to three months.

  3. Line a plastic sieve with a square of muslin (or use a coffee filter in a cone for a really refined vodka) and strain the damson gin through it. Decant into clean, dry bottles, then seal and label. The vodka is now ready to drink, but will improve and mature over time – it will keep for over a year, if you can wait that long.

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8th Oct, 2019
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annebannell
29th Sep, 2019
Also known as Damson Gin!
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