Back in September, Lesley gave me some damsons [here] so I made a damson loaf and prepared some damson gin [intended for Christmas]
Once the fruit had 'steeped' for about three months, I drained off the liquid, back into the green glass bottles, and put the fruit into two smaller kilner jars.
The girls took small bottles of gin back to London with them, and I was able to give away some jars of 'soused damsons' as gifts. They make a lovely dessert when warmed through and served with good ice cream or clotted cream [but do not eat them in posh company - there are lots of pips to spit out!]
And the gin is...amazing...My alcohol tolerance level is very low - but I admit to taking a small glass of the stuff whilst I have had this extremely heavy cold, as it has really helped me to sleep.
AND I checked out prices - this works out at less than a quarter of the price of buying it in the shops.
**VERY old joke - a Methodist Minister [who was supposed to be teetotal] was moving away from the area. Knowing he liked such things, the other clergy in the town gave him a jar of peaches in brandy. "You can ONLY keep this gift if you publicly acknowledge it in your church magazine" they said.
So he published this notice "I wish to thank my fellow ministers for their gift of fruit, and the spirit in which it was sent"