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Gooseberry gin in a jar with a handful of fresh gooseberries alongside

Gooseberry gin

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

Make the most of those gooseberries you've been growing and turn them into gooseberry gin. Drink neat, with tonic, or mix with sparkling water and mint

  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per 25ml


  • 400g gooseberries
  • 150g-250g caster sugar
  • 700ml bottle gin

You will also need

  • 1l wide-mouthed, flip-top jar, sterilised


  • STEP 1

    Wash, then top and tail the gooseberries, discarding any leaves or stalks. Cut each berry in half, then put the fruit into the sterilised 1-litre jar. Add the sugar – 250g for green gooseberries, 150g for sweeter, red gooseberries, then pour over the gin. Seal the lid and shake until most of the sugar dissolves. Reserve the emptied gin bottle for 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 gin will be ready after three weeks, but can be kept for up to three months with the fruit in for a stronger flavour. Don’t keep the gooseberries in the gin for any longer than three months or the flavour will start to deteriorate.

  • STEP 3

    Decant a little into a glass, and taste. When you’re happy with the flavour, discard the fruit, and strain through a fine mesh cloth or muslin, back into the original, or another, clean bottle. The flavour will keep developing over time, store in a cool dark place. Drink on its own, mix with tonic or drink with sparkling water and mint for a refreshing summery cocktail.

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