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Damson Gin

Damson GinOur simple homemade Damson Gin recipe will be great in a few months, ready for autumn!


  • 1 Litre Gin
  • 500g Damsons
  • 250g Caster Sugar


  1. Rinse and remove any leaves and stalks from the Damsons, then pat dry. Tip into a freezer bag and freeze overnight. The next day, bash the bag of damsons a couple of times with a rolling pin and then tip the lot into a 2-litre Kilner jar, or divide between 2 smaller jars.
  2. Pour in the gin and sugar, and put the lid on. Put it in a cool, dark place, then shake each day for a week until the sugar has dissolved and leave for 2-3 months.
  3. Line a plastic sieve with a square of muslin (or use a coffee filter in a cone for a really refined gin) and strain the damson gin through it. Decant into clean, dry bottles, seal and label. The gin is now ready to drink, but will improve and mature over time – it will keep for over a year, if you can wait that long...

Would you like to grow your own Damson's for your Damson Gin? Take a look at all the different Damson Trees we have to offer.

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