As it’s a little frosty outside, we thought we’d share our festive gin recipe to warm you up and help to get you in the Christmas spirit. If you sterilise your bottle correctly this should keep in the fridge for months, though we’re sure there will be none left by Boxing Day.
300g Mixed dried fruit
75g Golden caster sugar
3 Cinnamon sticks
3tsp Ground mixed spice
0.5tsp Finely grated whole nutmeg
1 Orange - grated zest only
1 Unwaxed lemon - grated zest only
70cl Bottle of gin (it doesn’t need to be the good stuff!)
Place all of the ingredients, except the gin, into a large bowl and stir.
Now pour the gin over the spices in the bowl and give it a gentle stir.
Cover tightly with cling film and place in the fridge.
Stir once or twice per day for 3-5 days.
Line a sieve with two layers of clean, fine muslin and place the sieve over a large jug.
Slowly pour the gin mix into the sieve and allow to strain through into the jug - don’t try to stir the gin to quicken the process as you’ll make the liquid cloudy.
Pour the strained gin into your sterilised bottle. Store in the fridge.
To sterilise a glass bottle that will hold your festive gin, place a washed bottle on a baking sheet in a preheated oven at 160˚C/325˚F/Gas mark 3 for 10 minutes and allow to air dry.
If you’re not a fan of gin, it’s just as lovely if you substitute the gin for vodka.
Experiment to see how you prefer to serve yours. We like it simply served over ice, or added to apple or cranberry juice then gently warmed in a saucepan.