Out of all the hedgerow liqueurs, we have made this year; our Rosehip Liqueur is a favourite. In fact, it is currently hidden away to give it a chance to mature before hubby drinks it all!
Rosehips are the beautiful red fruit of the rose (Rosa) bush. All roses and their fruit are edible, although flavour varies depending on the variety. We are fortunate in that we have lots of wild dog rose bushes growing in the hedgerows around our house and they have an excellent flavour.
Rosehips have been used as food, medicine and in cosmetics for millennia. The ancient Greeks and Romans prized them highly for their health benefits. Packed full of vitamin C and Iron, syrup made from these fruits has a long history of being used here in the UK to prevent colds, particularly in children. I cant promise that our liqueur will stop you catching a cold, but since it tastes delicious, it'll certainly cheer you up if you do have one.
You will need.
- Enough rosehips to half fill a litre glass jar. I like to top and tail mine and freeze them first
- Zest of 1 Lemon
- 3 cloves
- Half a Cinnamon Stick
- Bottle of Brandy
- 150 grams soft brown sugar
Just pop all your ingredients into a clean jar, and allow to sit for at least a month, shaking periodically. Then strain through muslin and bottle.
This delicious, syrupy liqueur will continue to mature although it tastes fantastic from the start. It makes a lovely homemade gift, but I bet after you try it you won't give a drop away!