September crept up quickly there didn’t it? We made our first plans for Christmas by making plum gin!
When we moved into our house at the start of the year, there was 4 small trees in the front garden. Through spring we watched 3 of them start to grow fruit. Being complete novice gardeners or fruit pickers – we had no idea what on earth they were growing.
The tallest tree turned out to be a cherry tree – Mark ate them all straight off the tree. One of them is an apple tree (they aren’t quite ready yet), and the last is a plum tree!
Turns out, plum trees are a riot. It’s messy looking, the new branches are spikey, and all sorts of bugs reside under the leaves. BUT, it grew us millions of plums! So many in fact, that 2 branches snapped completely under the weight.
If we had known it was a plum tree, and how to prune it (no pun intended), it wouldn’t have snapped, and the plums would have been bigger. There’s always next year to do it right, now we know!
So, to the point. The plums were ripening faster than we could eat them or give them away. Then we seen a recipe for plum flavoured gin. Great idea. Plus gin is ‘fashionable’ now, right?
What You Need
- 800g plums
- 70cl Bottle of mid range gin (we chose Bloom as was on offer)
- Kilner Jar
- Tbl Spoon of Juniper Berries
- 150g Sugar
- Ensure all plums are washed, and toss any bad ones – you want to reduce the amount of bacteria. Prick the skin on each one.
- Put all the above into the Kilner jar and give it a shake until the sugar dissolves.
- Shake once a day for 3 days. Then store somewhere dark for 3 months.
We’ve never done this before, so it’ll be interesting to see how it turns out. The plan is, it’ll be ready for Christmas to share out with family. If it turns out ok, we’ll probably make a few batches next year to give out as gifts.
If you’ve ever made fruity gin, let me know how it turned out!