I love foraging for fruit and greenery and am so inspired by people like ‘A Quiet Style‘ and I loved this post by Mel Wiggins on her workshop with Maven and Forage Ireland. I have been foraging for blackberries for this last while and every time I pass a bush I pull out a crumpled bag from my pocket and pull as many as I can manage without my hands turning completely purple!
Last year I made a gorgeous blackberry cobbler with some foraged blackberries but this year a few of us decided to make a variation on a blackberry gin and compare the results…a little gin night to look forward to sometime in December!!
This is so easy and am hoping the end result is super tasty but I’ll get back to you on that one…
…so here’s what you need.
3 cups of blackberries
1 70cl bottle of gin (any type and own brand is completely fine)
1 cup caster sugar
the zest of 1 lime
a few crushed cardamom pods
// Sterlise an air tight kilner jar…I got this from IKEA.
// Add the berries, lime, crushed cardamom pods and sugar.
// Pour in the gin and seal the jar.
// Label the jar and date for reference.
// Shake to help mix the sugar and place in a dark cupboard.
It has to stay there for as long as possible and I’ve read recommendations for 3 months. Mine will be slightly under that. Lift it out every few days and give it a shake before returning to the cupboard.
I made double as I’d like to use it for Christmas gifts so I had to go and buy a few blackberries to top up my foraged ones.
Now to go out to get some greenery to get homely for Autumn and make my potato apple bread that is next on my ‘foraged hit list!