Fruit-infused Christmas gin

Fruit-infused Christmas gin
  • Serves icon Makes 3x250ml bottles
  • Time icon Hands-on time 20 min, plus 7-10 days infusing

Say it with homemade gin this Christmas! Use flavoursome apples and pears to make this decadent fruit-infused Christmas gin recipe as a gift.

Ingredients

  • 1 pear (red, if possible)
  • 4 red apples
  • 120g dried pears or dried apples
  • 1 litre decent quality gin
  • 3 fresh rosemary sprigs (optional)

Method

  1. Core and slice the pear and apples and put with the dried fruit in a large sterilised jar (see Know-how).
  2. Pour the gin over the fruit, seal the jar and give it all a good shake. Store in a cool, dark place for 7-10 days – the longer you leave it the darker and more intensely flavoured it will be.
  3. Strain the gin into 3 x 250ml sealable bottles (see tip). Insert a sprig of fresh rosemary, if you like. Seal and decorate with festive ribbons.

delicious. tips

  1. Don’t throw away the soaked fruit. Store in a container in the fridge, then serve with Greek yogurt as a light pudding.

  2. To sterilise jars and lids, wash them in soapy water, rinse and leave to dry. Put them in the oven at 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4 for 10 minutes, then remove and allow to cool before filling. 

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