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Homemade Blueberry Gin – Christmas, Straight Up!

Homemade Blueberry Gin – Christmas, Straight Up!

Pender Island Life, Recipes

I’ve got blueberry gin for hostess gifts this year!  Anyone wanna invite me to their party?

And if you want to be the most popular Christmas guest around your town (or small island), you’d better get your butt in gear — we’ve got 15 days ’til Christmas, and this stuff takes 2 weeks to steep.

It’s a good thing all you need is gin, blueberries, and just a smidge of sugar.  Homemade boozy gifts are within your grasp!  Seize the day, people…SEIZE the day.

blueberry-gin

It’s my first time making blueberry gin, and Howard and I tasted it for the first time last night.  It’s a  beautiful vibrant blue, slightly sweet, and deliciously fruity.  Serve it COLD straight or over ice with tonic for an ice blue G&T.

The ice shot glasses are made from a silicon mould that would make an awesome gift accompaniment to a little bottle of this blue heaven.

bluebery-gin-on-ice

The better the gin and blueberries, the better the blueberry gin.  I used Bombay Sapphire, and some local berries I froze during harvest.

Blueberry Gin

Mix 2 cups (500ml) blueberries, 1/2 cup (125ml) sugar and 1quart (1L) gin in a large glass container with a tight fitting lid.  Shake well and store in a cool, dark place for at least two weeks, and up to two months.  Turn and shake the bottle every couple of days. When a luxurious blue, strain through several layers of cheesecloth into clean bottles.

The only question left is, what to do with all of those gin soaked berries…suggestions anyone?

blueberry-gin-shot