Damson Gin is Gorgeous and dead easy!
We make sloe gin most years and you make damson gin the same way.
Here's how. Prick each damson with a fork, I tried without doing this one year and the flavour doesn't come out as well. I've been told that if you freeze the damsons first for 24 hours you get more juice and you don't need to prick them.
Put the damsons into an empty bottle or jar until it's a quarter full. It doesn't matter what size! As long as it's a quarter full, I usually use a 2 litre kilner jar
Add sugar until the bottle is half full, including the damsons. Don't shake or stir, just pour the sugar gently on top of the damsons.
Now pour gin in the bottle, what kind of gin you ask? Any gin, I use the really cheap stuff from Aldi.
As the sugar dissolves add more gin, after 24 hours just top it up with a bit more gin if needed.
Leave until Xmas...Hooray!
But what about the damsons in the bottle ? Unlike sloes damsons taste nice after they've been in the gin. Strain off the damsons from the gin, The gin might go cloudy but it will settle again. Try the damsons with ice cream-yummy! Or with custard.
The damson gin will have a bit of sediment inthe bottom, stop worrying about it! It's harmless. If you want to ,you can gently pour off and bottle the clear stuff. Filter the rest using coffee filter papers.
Repeat the process next year.