This is a seriously easy recipe for blackberry gin, all it requires is gin, blackberries, sugar and a little bit of patience. It’s the perfect way to use up any blackberries you’ve got left over from early autumn bramble picking, alternatively you can use fresh shop-bought blackberries or defrosted frozen ones (provided they’re ripe) and make this recipe all year round.
Note that this blackberry gin recipe isn’t particularly sweet. You end up with a blackberry gin that you can mix with tonic or soda, or use in cocktails (for example a Blackberry Collins, or a modified Bramble) instead of one you might drink neat as a liqueur. If you would prefer to make a sweet, syrupy blackberry gin liqueur all you need to do is up the sugar content.
Since Christmas is coming up (can I say that yet?), instead of making one large bottle of gin, you could make lots of small bottles give to friends and family as homemade birthday or Christmas presents. What’s better than a gift you can drink?
- 70cl of good quality gin
- approximately 350g of washed, ripe blackberries
- 150g of caster sugar
- Sterilise a large flip-top kilner jar or a large skrew-top glass bottle (the easiest way to do this is by washing them in hot soapy water and popping them in the dishwasher on a hot wash. If you haven’t got a dishwasher, you can also sterilise them in the oven at about 90˚C.)
- Add your blackberries, sugar and gin to the jar or bottle and seal shut.
- Gently shake the jar or bottle a few times, before storing in a cool, dark place for up to a month. During this time the gin should be shaken once a day.
- After a month the gin is ready. Strain the gin through a large sieve and transfer to a suitable, sterilised bottle.
- Serve with tonic or soda, and enjoy!