Fruit Spirits are super easy, super yummy and make great presents – this Raspberry Mint Gin is by far the most popular one I make, it really is delicious!
What you need for one batch of Raspberry Mint Gin…
Add the caster sugar to the raspberries – I used about 100g (you can leave out if you prefer a less sweet drink, or alternatively add sugar syrup to taste once the spirit has matured)
Throw in a couple of handfuls of fresh mint – I think the one I use is a spearmint one.
Top up with the Gin (I use supermarket own brand London Gin). I don’t usually bother sterilising my Jars for fruit alcohols as I believe the spirits have a high enough alcohol content to kill any bacteria, so I just go for ‘dishwasher clean’.
Give the Jar a good shake and store in a cool dark place. Give the Jar a shake each day for the first week. Leave to mature for at least a month – you will notice that the colour leeches out of the fruit into the spirit as time goes on.
When you think it is ready (I usually leave mine for between 1-3 months) strain the fruit through butter muslin and bottle. This photo shows me doing this with Blackberries I picked back in September that have been steeping in Vodka.
Finally serve anyway you fancy…..
Raspberry Mint Gin should keep for about a year stored in a cool dark place.