I just love sloe gin (especially at this time of year) and had the pleasure of receiving a beautiful homemade bottle at my friend Vic's wedding last November. It was so delicious that not only did it disappear very quickly but I couldn't not try to make some of my own to enjoy this Christmas. Whilst flicking through the Good Housekeeping Christmas 2015 Collection magazine I came across a recipe for Blackberry spiced gin and thought I'd give it a whirl.
Gin isn't a spirit we often have in the house so when looking for some in my local Co-op I was especially excited to come across an elderflower-flavoured bottle of Gordon's. So, as is often the case with my cooking, my version had already started to deviate from the original recipe! Next I added raspberries as well as the blackberries they recommend just to add to the berry flavour. I left out the cinnamon as I thought the elderflower already gave it another flavoursome layer, plus I'm not mad about cinnamon if too strong. After adding these ingredients along with some sugar to a sterilised kilner jar, all I'm doing now is turning the jar each day until the week before Christmas to help the sugar dissolve. I'll be straining the mixture into a sterilised bottle ready for some festive tipples in front of the fire but it would make a super homemade gift.
1 litre elderflower gin