Here’s a fun thing to do with gooseberries if you by chance have a ‘glut’ of red or green gooseberries…
- 400g gooseberries
- 150g-250g caster sugar
- 700ml bottle gin
You will also need
- 1l wide-mouthed, flip-top jar, sterilised
- Wash, top & tail the gooseberries, discarding any leaves or stalks. Slice each berry in half, then put the fruit into the sterilised 1-litre jar.
- Add the sugar – 250g for green gooseberries, 150g for sweeter, red gooseberries, then pour over the gin.
- Seal the lid and shake until most of the sugar dissolves. Reserve the emptied gin bottle for later.
- Keep in a cool dark place and give the jar a shake every couple of days.
The gin will be ready after 3 weeks and can be kept for up to 3 months. Remove the gooseberries after a month. (You can use the boozy gooseberries that you strain out of your infused gin in a savory quick cook compote to accompany grilled mackerel or roasted duck!)
When you do strain out the fruit, strain with muslin and place into a clean bottle to store.
Drink neat or mix with tonic or sparkling water. You can add a sprig of mint as a fresh garnish for a summery cocktail.