The boys have been helping us pick the huge harvest of plums our tree has produced this year and they are delicious. We have so many I am googling plum recipes like mad. Spiced roasted plums, plum crumble (obvs), plum jam…the list goes on. However one recipe I have been very exciting to make is plum gin.
I knew about damson gin but as the fruits are so similar I thought there must be a plum gin version. In my recipe I have combined various versions I have found and thought I’d share it with you. It’s simple and will make wonderful gifts decanted into bottles at Christmas. You have to start making it now if you want it for Christmas as it needs 2-3 months to infuse!
1kg of plums (if you don’t have a tree you can buy them)
1 litre of gin (I used Waitrose own Dry Gin – it has good reviews but isn’t super expensive)
250g caster sugar
A few juniper berries
A few cardamon pods
- Place the plums in a freezer bag and put in the freezer overnight.
- Sterilise a 2 litre Kilner jar (or use smaller ones and divide the mixture). To sterilise wash the jar in hot soapy water and put in an oven at 140 degrees Celsius until dry (boil the seal for a few minutes after washing – do not put in the oven).
- Take the plums out of the freezer and bash in the bag with a rolling pin.
- Place all the ingredients in the Kilner jar (bash the cardamon pods so they open up slightly).
- Shake the Kilner jar and place in a cool, dark place. Then shake daily for a week (to dissolve the sugar). Then leave it to rest for 2-3 months.
- When ready you will need to filter the gin – various ways are suggested from muslin cloths to coffee filter papers.
- Once filtered decant into bottles and gift/drink!