Enjoy summer in a glass with this strawberry gin with a hint of black pepper. Unlike sloe gin it is ready within a few days. This strawberry gin is delicious over ice, or in a cocktail. So easy to make and ideal for gifting.
I love fresh, ripe strawberries. Surreptitiously scoffed straight off the plant at a pick-your-own; served in a bowl with cream or a drizzle of balsamic vinegar (seriously, try it if you haven’t yet); or crammed into a luscious pavlova with lashings of whipped cream. However I eat them, I always enjoy them.
And now you can drink them too: with this delicious strawberry and black pepper gin that’s a great new way to enjoy my favourite early summer fruit.
The great thing about strawberry and black pepper gin is that unlike many other flavoured gins and liqueurs, it takes only a few days to make. It’s easy to make, and by making it yourself you can tailor the sweetness to your preference; I find too many flavoured gins and liqueurs are simply too sickly sweet for me. Moderate sugar and the warmth of a hint of pepper make this drink a real zinging winner.
How do you make strawberry and black pepper gin?
First, tidy up the strawberries by pulling or cutting off the calyx. Then cut them in half, or the large ones into quarters.
Second, pour the gin into a large – 500ml – mason jar or similar. Add the sugar, and give it a good swirl to start it dissolving. Add the strawberries and peppercorns and place the jar in the fridge.
For a twist on the recipe you can leave the pepper out, or use Szechuan pepper for a tongue numbing tingle!
What gin do I use to make strawberry gin?
For all my infusions we use the supermarket’s own mid range dry London style gin. Not the cheapest which would be too harsh and not a premium which is too expensive.
Third. Leave the fruit to steep for three days. Twice a day or so, take it out and give it a gentle swirl to help the sugar dissolve. The strawberries will lose their colour and shrink.
Finally, sieve out the fruit and pepper, and decant the gin into a bottle. Keep it in the fridge.
Don’t just throw away the strawberries! They’re soaked in gin, and despite losing their colour still taste great, so use as a topping for some yogurt for a simple pudding for the adults!
How do I use strawberry and black pepper gin?
- It’s great in a summery gin and tonic with a twist. Garnish with a sprig of basil and a strawberry slice.
- Or add a splash of vermouth for a strawberry martini
- Mix strawberry gin, lime juice and club soda for a unique summer cocktail perfect for a balmy evening
- Strawberry gin, mint leaves, and still, cloudy lemonade is a delicious combination
- Add to Prosecco or Champagne for a strawberry Kir Royale
Or invent your own, and have a unique summer cocktail to treat visitors!
Black pepper and strawberry gin
- 200 g strawberries
- 50 g caster sugar
- 350 ml gin
- 10 black peppercorns
- Remove the leaves from the strawberries and slice each one in half. Put them into a 500ml jar.
- Add the gin, sugar and peppercorns. Give it a good swirl to help dissolve the sugar. Place the jar in the fridge.
- Leave the jar to steep for three days. Twice a day, give the jar a swirl to help all the sugar dissolve.
- Sieve the gin to remove the strawberries and peppercorns. Decant the gin into a clean bottle.
- This recipe is 3 Weight Watchers Smart Points per portion
If you like this then why not make our rhubarb and ginger gin?
Or how about Peach Gin?