Well, we have all heard of sloe gin, and many have tried rhubarb gin, but hawthorn gin? Really!
These amazing little red berries are ready to pick in October / November, ideally after the first frost, and it is so easy to make.
- First, go to any reputable web site, such as this one, and make sure you know what a hawthorn is. IT MUST BE A TREE with a woody stem and not a climbing herb.
- Make sure you know what the berries look like by visiting a web site such as this.
- Once you are clear on what a hawthorn is collect a few pints of berries, wash them and cut off any stalks.
- The ideal container for hawthorn gin is a 500ml Kilner jar or similar. It must seal in an airtight fashion and have a wide neck.
- Pack about 3cm of berries into your chosen vessel, and then add about 50 grams of white or brown sugar.
- Add a little gin until the berries are just covered. They might float so be carelfull. Repeat these last two steps until the jar is full.
- Close the lid and shake to remove any air bubbles.
- Top up with gin, seal and store in a dark place for 4-6 weeks.
- It is important not to let the berries seep for too long as they will start to break up and make the liqueur cloudy.
- After 4-6 weeks the liqueur will have wonderfull auburn colour. At this point it should be strained though a muslin cloth (or similar) into a clean jar suitable for serving from, such as the gin bottle you purchased to make this treat.
- Chuck the haws away and enjoy the rewards of your work. Just in time for Christmas methinks!!!
- Ho, Ho, Homebrew!
Is it any good? Well folks say it is better than sloe gin (fighting talk in my household).
Enjoy, and let us know how you got on.
p.s. we sell a little device that might just help with collecting hawthorn berries. This link should take you to the page.