Blackberry & Chilli Gin

Blackberry & Chilli Gin

First Strawberry & Chilli Vodka and now Blackberry & Chilli gin, you may think we are raving alcoholics but trust me, we are not. These recipes are great to make now in time for seasonal events later in the year. 

This recipe is a little cracker. Whilst it's not Blackberry season outside at the moment, you may be like us with various ice-cream tubs full of last years crop, wondering what to do with them all, knowing that you can only have "so many crumbles"!!

This recipe is a combination of a "sloe type gin" and a liquer.  We will be doing a Sloe Chilli Gin later in the year, when the sloes are ripe for picking!

Ingredients : 
  • 1 kg Blackberries
  • 500g Golden caster sugar
  • 300ml Gin
  • 3 chilli pods (mild/medium heat - Cayenne Long Slim is a good option). **
  • Cinnamon Stick
To make

1) In a blender, add the blackberries, chillies and 125g of the sugar and blitz until pureed
2) Strain the mix through a sieve into a pan
3) Anything left in the sieve can be put on your bird table or composted.
4) Add the rest of the sugar, the cinnamon stick to the pan and simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for about 15 minutes and then add the gin and stir in.
5) Remove from the heat and take out the cinnamon stick. Finally strain the mix through the sieve again into a jug (this is too remove any final stray seeds)
6) Pour into sterilized bottles and seal. 
7) Store in a dark place for a few weeks before using. This gives the flavours time to mature.

The Blackberry gin is brilliant on it's own as a liquer or diluted with water for a refreshing drink. The chilli gives it a nice twist!    We've also used it on ice-cream or drizzled over a vanilla cheesecake which is a great combination.

** You can use dried chilli flakes for this if necessary but fresh is better.
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