This week, I will mostly be making Blackberry Gin. You can substitute the gin for vodka, and the blackberries for damsons*, sloes*, plums* or raspberries. If you have a sweet tooth (I have a gin tooth not a sweet one), use 500g of sugar instead. Don't forget you can always add it later though.
Take a big, clip top (or screw top) jar and fill with the following:
1 litre of gin (not the good stuff)
Give it a good shake.
Keep shaking every few days until sugar dissolves.
Keep the jar in a dark place for about 3 months.
Strain the gin from the fruit (save it to make a grown up pudding at Christmas).
Test gin extensively before rebottling to make sure it's sweet enough. If it's not add a bit of sugar.
*If using damsons, sloes or plums, shove them into the freezer overnight before making this recipe to avoid staining your hands and stabbing yourself with a fork (you need to break the skins first).