Damson gin

Damson gin is a plum-like liqueur with a fine and appealing balance of sweet and sour in the fruit and without the bitter character of sloes
Damson gin
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  • Prep Time: 30 minutes plus 8-12 weeks steeping
  • Effort: easy


  • 450 g wild damsons, pricked 2-3 times with a clean needle
  • 225 g sugar
  • 700 ml gin

Tips and Suggestions

You dont need to wait for a frost as you do with sloes, because damsons dont have such tough skins.

If you are going to keep the damson gin for more than 3 months, strain off the damsons. Dont discard the used damsons: remove the stones, chop, and stew them with sugar for use in sweet pies, spoon over ice cream or add them to a fresh lot for an extra kick to jam or jelly. Most of the alcohol in the gin-soaked fruit will cook off, but some gin flavour will linger.

Try serving a small shot of damson gin with full-flavoured hard cheeses such as a tangy cheddar.


1. Tip the fruit into a clean, sterilized jar with a wide neck - youll have trouble stuffing them into a very narrow-necked bottle. Pour in the sugar and top up with the gin.

2. Seal and shake to encourage the sugar to start dissolving, then turn gently every few days for between 8 and 12 weeks before drinking.

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