Redcurrant gin might take two - three months to mature, but you'll have to trust us when we say it is well worth the wait!
Redcurrant gin tastes a bit like sloe gin, so if you’re a fan of sloe gin then you’ll love redcurrant gin. You will need just three ingredients for this recipe – and plenty of patience – in order to make redcurrant gin at home. Redcurrants are at their best from July through to September, so why not buy (or pick if you’re lucky enough to have wild redcurrants growing nearby and you are completely clear on which berries are safe to pick and eat) a bag of these shiny red berries while they are in season. Then, if you make your redcurrant gin while the berries are fresh, your redcurrant gin will be ready to drink during the winter months. And, if you make your redcurrant gin in September, it should be ready just in time for Christmas! Enjoy it at home or bottle it and gift it as a thoughtful homemade food gift. Redcurrants are a common accompaniment to festive roast meats such as goose, turkey and lamb (redcurrant jelly anyone?) so why not pair your meal with the perfect drink too? Serve neat your homemade redcurrant gin neat with plenty of ice, or with a dash of tonic if you’d like a slightly weaker alcoholic drink. Then, enjoy!
- 300g (10oz) redcurrants
- 150g (5oz) caster sugar
- 75cl bottle of gin
Crush the redcurrants with the sugar, put in a jar, pour in the gin and seal.
Leave 2-3 months in a cool, dark place, shaking the jar daily for a month, then just when you remember.
Strain through a sieve, then through muslin and pour into a bottle.
Drink neat, or made into a gin and tonic, with lots of ice.
This would also make a great gift for Christmas in pretty, decorative bottles.