This is a great way to use up a glut of damsons, it transforms the gin or vodka into a heavenly tipple, capturing the essence of the damson. Be warned though it is very easy to drink and very alcoholic!
For every 1 pint (570ml) damsons use 6oz (175g) sugar
gin or vodka
You will need a large screw top jar, we use the old fashioned sweet jars but you could use a large kilner jar too.
Prick the damsons with a fork or skewer and place in the jar. It’s best to fill the jar with damsons for maximum flavour. You will need to measure them as they go in because for every pint (570ml)of damsons that you use you need to add 60z (175g) of sugar. Fill the jar with either gin or vodka. You will need to shake the damsons gently to help the liquid seep to the bottom. Tightly fit the lid. You now need to shake the jar daily until all of the sugar has dissolved (this can take two weeks of daily shaking). Put the jar in a dark place for six months and then decant into bottles.