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Damson Grog
Sat 25-Sep-10
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dellboy78
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I have collected some damsons and have them stored in the freezer ready for use. I am torn between making damson vodka or damson gin??????????? Help?!

Sat 25-Sep-10
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Both, surely?  cheers     

And a big welcome to you Joe!  I used to live in Eastcote.

I'll try that again!

Sat 25-Sep-10
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I dont think I have enough to do both unfortunately! I used to live in eastcote too. Small world!

Sat 25-Sep-10
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dellboy78 said:

I have collected some damsons and have them stored in the freezer ready for use. I am torn between making damson vodka or damson gin??????????? Help?!


 welcome to the forum Joe , TA is right

pick more Do both variety is the spice of life ,

i dont live anywhere near Eastcote,

but i do like Damsons in vodka or gin,

MOS okdevil

sit down with a cupa and the urge will subside

Mon 27-Sep-10
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Welcome on board, Joe. I have to say that the best sip of homemade grog I ever had was a tot of damson gin on a snowy December morning when we visited a livery stables to check on a novice hurdler that we had a syndicate interest in for two years. The lady of the house knew how to hit the spot with her guests after a chilly hour touring the stables.

Sloes work well with either gin or vodka but the damson is best with gin. In our opinion cheers

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Tue 28-Sep-10
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I used all my damsons to make some 'plum jerkum' which is a traditional warwickshire cider-style drink. And I just bought a 1.5 litre bottle of gin. D'oh frown I should have kept some damsons for a damson gin. I'll just have to settle for a couple of litres of sloe gin, or maybe some blackberry gin whistle

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Wed 29-Sep-10
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plum jerkum sounds interesting, do you have a recipe for that?

I've now got some damson vodka on the go and plan to get hold of some more to make a damson gin with.

Thanks for all your comments!

Thu 30-Sep-10
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The recipe I was given was 3lb of plums, 3lb of sugar, made up to a gallon with water. Mash the plums with some of the water, dissolve the sugar in the rest. Mix together and add yeast.

That would make a really potent but also very sweet brew, so I halved the sugar to start with. I'll let it ferment to dryness then might sweeten it afterwards if it needs it. I started it in a small fermenting bucket and after a week I strained the mixture into a demijohn.

Originally the drink would have been made with the Warwickshire Drooper plum but they are quite rare these days.

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