The good news is that these are just as suitable for flavouring Gin as both Damson and Sloes so, after a little bit of child labour employed to collect the berries we can let infusion fun commence. If you click on some of the links within some of my blog posts and then purchase a product from a retailer, I will receive a very small commission at no cost to you. I guess you could google the names and see what pics you can find to try to identify your tree. Share it with your friends! Plus when you strain off the brandy, you have some gorgeous boozy blackberries which are perfect with vanilla ice cream x. 3. The good news is that these are just as suitable for flavouring Gin as both Damson and Sloes so, after a little bit of child labour employed to collect the berries we can let infusion fun commence. I love gin so this is a great recipe for me. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Sloes have a whitish bloom on the skin like blue/purple plums, whereas buckthorn berries are reddish-black and glossy. We are here to help you learn to garden. xx corinne, I hope you enjoy it, it’s a lovely one! 1. Despite being ravaged by squirrels there were still plenty of hazelnuts to be had and brambles were too numerous to count. Enjoy! A good few years ago now my father showed me how to make sloe gin. At least 3 months is required for your infused spirit to be ready this give the time for the flavours of the spirit, sugar and fruit to combing. In other words if you want to age it, make it in large enough quantities so that you can enjoy some earlier and some later. Raw damsons – a subspecies of Prunus domestica – are sour to the taste, but mixed with sugar and gin, it creates the perfect evening tipple and a great alternative to sloe gin. So, if you make them now, they’ll be ready for bottling by mid-December, just in time for Christmas. We took the kids for a walk in the woods in what is likely to be one of the last days of the year recognisable as a summer’s day. Thanks for looking and enjoy! Thanks for laying out all of the steps so clearly, I’m sure that your gin turns out fantastically every time! The leaves were the same as Damsons but the fruit was smaller. Strain your fruit gin through a sieve, and then again through muslin or coffee filter papers* into sterilised bottles. Then you can either prick each berry to split the skin or, if you have more exciting things to do, pop them in the freezer overnight. Thank you for subscribing! Our Winter Damson Gin is made with the freshest, juiciest damson plums from Styam Farm which are sweet enough, so no sugar or sweeteners in this … … The leaves were the same as Damsons but the fruit was smaller. The waiting is the hardest part of this process…. While wild-growing sloes are known as a hedgerow plant, “damsons were popularly cultivated, and grown in orchards,” says Bevan. Discarded damsons can be enjoyed gently heated with custard or ice cream (but beware those stones again). If you live near a public hedgerow (sloes) or have access to a fruit tree (damson) then you really should have a go too. Copyright © 2020 The Rumblings Of A Madman on the Foodie Pro Theme. All I can suggest is … My recipe therefore scales to around 75cl proportions. X, I have never had a sloe gin before. The historical link between the Roman-era damascenum and the north and west European damson is rather tenuous despite the adoption of th… Amazon Associates Disclosure * If you click on an affiliate link and then purchase a product from a retailer, I will receive a very small commission at no cost to you. Side by side the sloe berry is round like a blueberry and the damson is slightly oval like a dark grape. Volume: 20cl. For this reason I prefer to use Vodka to create these liqueurs rather than Gin with the intention of bringing out the flavour of the Bullace (or Damsons, Sloes, Jelly Babies, Mars bars whatever). The damson is a sort of domesticated sloe – and your brother-in-law is lucky to live in Guernsey – the sloes there are bigger and juicier than in the rest of the UK.” They are better not blended he advises, and even batches of the same drink – sloe or damson are best kept small. Whilst exploring the vicinity of our new base camp we hit upon some heavily fruited trees, the fruit looked like sloes but this was a tree rather than the spiky Blackthorne bush where we would expect to find them. 5. This site is chock full of videos to do just that. I could not possibly confuse the two. Wash your fruit and discard any bruised or mouldy ones. The name damson comes from Middle English damascene, damesene, damasin, damsin, and ultimately from the Latin (prunum) damascenum, "plum of Damascus". This combo is any port lovers must! Blackthorn, Aug 14, 2009 #6 Quote in Conversation. Here at least both the sloe and damson hedges have thorns, but they are not too difficult to avoid. The Sloe fruits are more spread out than the rest. Comment document.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "aedfb330cb466afb5a22f4e6ca104e87" );document.getElementById("i7d3b039a1").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Yes, I'd like to receive notifications of new posts. It is native to Europe, western Asia, and locally in northwest Africa. What is the difference between a sloe and a damson? In my case however I wanted to avoid using the extra vessel was hoping to use a handful of attractive bottles that had once contained arty gins. Prick the damsons/sloes with a large needle or toothpick. Leave to infuse, this needs to be at least 3 months but for as long as you like. Sloes have shorter stems and hug the branches more. 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Whilst there is value in leaving it longer the genuine results of aging come from significant aging, the skin, stalk and stone of the fruit all introduce tannin to the spirit and whilst tannin ultimately produces greater complexity in the shorter term it adds a dry bitterness. Oh fruit spirits really are lovely and so easy to make, as well as being much cheaper than you can buy in the shops. (And if you have any fruits over, check out my recipe for easy damson or plum jam too!). Blackberry brandy also sounds intensely good, I’ll have to suggest that to my Mum as well! A berry like Bullace is so tart and sour that it is inedible in all but the rarest circumstances. Thanks! The fruits are smaller than both the Damson and Bullace but usually more spread out. Pick them when they're at their best (usually in September), and experiment with other additions to the gin such as orange peel, cinnamon, star anise or cloves. Share Pin It. Fidgetsmum Total Gardener. Prunus spinosa, called blackthorn or sloe, is a species of flowering plant in the rose family Rosaceae. To create the the flavour of a spirit that would otherwise be not dissimilar to Vodka. Tannin breakdown takes time so be prepared to wait a couple of years to experience the difference. 500g of damsons or sloes; 200 – 250g of sugar (according to taste) 1 litre of gin (or vodka if you prefer) How to make your gin. Sloes are usually larger and more oval than buckthorn berries. 9. Please check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription. Sloe bushes have sharp thorns and wild damson trees do not. Three members of the prunus genus Eat one. Damsons have longer stems so hang and look more like a tiny plum. Well, in my September gardening post, I said I’d be making some luscious damson gin and sloe gin again. 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