Easy to make home-made blueberry gin using a gin botanicals kit and homegrown blueberries. Enjoy with tonic, lime and a few blueberries.
I previously made some Raspberry Gin and really enjoyed drinking it over the summer with soda water. I had some blueberries in the freezer that needed using up so I decided to make some Blueberry Gin using a similar recipe.
- Traditional London Dry Gin botanical blend
- Bay Leaf botanical blend
- Mint botanical blend
I made up the Bay Leaf Blend (13g): juniper berries, coriander seeds, citrus peels (lemon, orange), dried bay leaves, liquorice root
Put 1l vodka in a jar, add botanicals and leave to steep 24 hours.
Strain the botanicals out using a filter paper lined funnel.
Bottle and label.
For the Blueberry Gin:
3 cups blueberries
1/2 cup caster sugar
Heat blueberries gently in a saucepan, mashing with a potato masher, until you have a good amount of juice.
Put all the ingredients into a jar with a sealable lid. Store in a cool, dark place for a month, shaking gently every day for the first week, then once a week to dissolve the sugar.
Strain the gin through a muslin-lined sieve but don’t mash the fruit as it will make the gin cloudy. Decant into sterilised bottles (use a fancy bottle if giving for a gift).