Thanks to the magic of greenhouses, fresh strawberries are now readily available for most of the year so this strawberry gin is possible all year round. It really take no time at all to rustle together – up to a month to steep but for all that time you have to do nothing at all, except drink regular gin. Just macerate some strawberries in some sugar overnight, add the gin and allow to steep and serve. The strawberries should look sad and anaemic by the end as all their colour and flavour will have dispersed throughout the gin. When choosing the gin, I went for one with a higher than average alcohol content as it will be diluted by the strawberry syrup that runs from the macerated strawberries. Don’t go for anything fancy or expensive as the subtle flavours will be overpowered by the fruit but don’t go for anything cheap. It will still give you a lethal, emotional hangover made worse by how easy this stuff is to drink.
You won’t believe how summery these strawberry Gin and Tonics taste, they’re a perfect reminder of the summer gone by, now that the nights are creeping in and the days are greying. Just be sure to give each glass a generous twist of lemon. Lemon is a bit like salt in that it brings out other flavours but none more so, I think, that the flavour of strawberry. They’re best friends so I’d try adding a squeeze of lemon to anything strawberry flavoured for a more intense flavour.
- 900g strawberries
- 400g caster sugar
- 700ml gin
- lots of ice, tonic water and lemon to serve
- Hull and halve your strawberries and add them to a large jar, mine is 2 litres.
- Add the sugar, close the lid and shake well so all the strawberries are coated in sugar. Set aside at room temperature for 24 hours.
- Add the gin and mix well with a long utensil, then sed aside for 3-4 weeks.
- 3-4 weeks later, spoon a generous measure of gin into a glass, top it up with ice and tonic water and serve preferable with a twist of lemon.