Damson Liqueurs


Damson Liqueurs

Damson Liqueurs

Making your own liqueurs can be quite easy and they make great Christmas gifts for friends and family.  Seeing as I had a large crop of damsons (wild plums) last September, I thought I’d try my hand at Damson Gin and Damson Brandy.

Both liqueurs can be made with either fresh or frozen fruit.  If you’re using fresh fruit, make sure to prick or slice the skins of the fruit to allow the alcohol to mix with the natural fruit juices while the fruit macerates.  These recipes are also adaptable to other stone fruits, such as cherries, apricots, plums, etc.

Damson Gin

Ingredients

  • 500g damsons
  • 125g sugar
  • 1 litre gin.

Method

Add pricked damsons and sugar to a large kilner or mason jar.  Add the gin.  Shake once per day until sugar dissolves, then keep in a cool dark place for 90 days. Once complete, strain liqueur from the fruit using a coffee filter.

Damson Brandy

Ingredients

  • 1 kg damsons
  • 300g sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 pieces lemon peel
  • 1 litre vodka

Method

Half the plums and keeping the stones, put in a large glass jar.  Add the sugar, cinnamon, lemon peel and vodka.  Shake daily until sugar dissolves, then place in a cool dark place for 90 days.  Strain the liqueur through a coffee filter to finish before bottling.

 

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