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Christmas Pudding Gin

This delicious Christmas gin is packed with the warm spice of Christmas pudding flavours. Ready to sip and enjoy after just a few days, this homemade gin liqueur is perfect as a Christmas gift or to add to your holiday cocktails.
Servings: 12 shots
Prep Time5 mins
Infusing Time4 d

Ingredients

  • zest of half an orange
  • 150 g dried fruit
  • 40 g muscovado sugar
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 all spice berries
  • 350 ml gin

Instructions

  • Use a vegetable peeler to pare strips of orange zest. As you do this, take care not to get the bitter white pith.
    zest of half an orange
  • Cut whole fruit like apricots and figs to the same size as a large raisin. Add all the fruit to a wide-necked jar. Add the sugar, spices and orange zest.
    150 g dried fruit, 40 g muscovado sugar, 1 inch cinnamon stick, 3 cloves, 3 all spice berries
  • Pour in the gin, seal and swirl the jar to mix. Leave for three days to a week, so that your Christmas gin has time to infuse.
    350 ml gin
  • When the gin is ready, the fruit will be plump, the sugar dissolved and the gin a rich deep brown colour. A sediment will have formed at the bottom of the jar.
  • Strain the gin through a sieve into a jug. Save the fruit to use in other recipes.
  • (Optional) Filter the gin through a coffee filter or a kitchen paper lined sieve, for a crystal clear spirit. This takes a good few hours, and is best left overnight.
  • Bottle and seal, ready to drink.

Notes

  • Use a mid range gin, nothing too grand, but not the cheapest.  Supermarket own brand London gin is perfect. 
  • Vary the dried fruit - apricots, figs, and cherries are all delicious, but keep half to two thirds dark vine fruit as a base. 
  • Vary the sugars to change the flavour.  I like a good fully flavoured muscovado sugar.  
  • Swap in some different spices - but don't go too wild and swamp the flavours. 
  • Filtering will take a good few hours - it is best left to drip through overnight.  
Nutritional Information 
  • This recipe is 5 Weight Watcher Smart Points per portion 
• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg