Not to conform to the St Andrews student stereotype or anything, but I have a lot of love for gin. I have a friend who once made Gin & Tonic in a Thermos and brought it to the library for us to share because we were both craving G&Ts but had too much work to go to the pub. Now that’s true gin love (some might describe it as alcoholism, however, I am rather inclined to disagree). Oh and in case you were wondering, we both got our work done and met the deadline.
I came across a recipe for blueberry gin in December. As soon as I saw it, I knew that I just had to try it – the only question was when? It takes two weeks to brew, and the Christmas holidays rather inconveniently got in the way, so this little experiment had to wait until I got back to university at the beginning of January.
Now, I’m not a particularly patient person, and two weeks is a long time to have to look at something every day knowing you can’t taste it yet, but this was well worth the wait. And the resulting pink gin is just so pretty! It was finally ready at the end of last week, so I had an inaugural tasting with a couple of gin-loving friends. We made Blueberry G&Ts, and they were rather amazing – fruity and slightly sweet. We used the blueberries (“ginberries” might be a more appropriate description) to make cupcakes – I’ll blog about those soon.
Makes about 500ml
Adapted from Island Vittles
You can use fresh or frozen blueberries – the only frozen blueberries I could find were part of a frozen summer fruit mix so I used fresh ones (in January, I know). Once the gin is done, use the leftover blueberries instead of normal blueberries to make muffins or cupcakes (or anything really). For the gin, I used Bombay Sapphire because I happened to have Tesco vouchers for a discounted bottle, but any decent gin (so not supermarket brand) would work.
1. Mix the blueberries, sugar and gin in a glass preserving jar or similar container, seal and shake well.
2. Store in a cool, dark place for at least two weeks and up to two months, making sure to shake every few days (or, out of sheer enthusiasm, every day in my case).
3. Once the gin has turned a lovely dark pink colour, strain it through cheesecloth (or kitchen roll) into clean glass bottles. Serve cold over ice with tonic for G&Ts with a difference!
Enjoy! (Responsibly, of course… Ahem)