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Damson Gin from the Lyth Valley

March 19, 2014   
Damson Gin

Damson Gin

This recipe is torn from a magazine, SAGA I think, I’ve kept it which suggests I used it for my Christmas Damson Gin although I’m pretty sure I made double this amount. The finished liqueur was so good I almost regretted having given away half of it as gifts, I really could have drunk all of it myself quite easily. Next year I will make two batches…or more. Do try it, I cannot recommend it highly enough, and really no trouble to make if you have a large jar, and damsons, and Gin.

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March 1, 2014   

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a little bit of Christmas

smells wonderful, tastes better.

When life gives you lemons….. make Limoncello, life was giving me lemons by the bucketful one winter so I made this liqueur and gave it as gifts for Christmas. It smells divine, and tastes wonderful.

Rosehip Syrup

March 1, 2014   

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Rosehip Syrup

Rosehip Syrup

I have a vivid happy memory of rosehip syrup. When I was a very small girl, back in the far distant 1960’s my mother gave my sister and I a teaspoon of rose hip syrup occasionally, probably through the winter to ward off coughs and sneezes.
So thanks for the idea Lovely Greens , and thanks for the recipe Girl interrupted eating


44: coffee orange liqueur

February 28, 2014   



44 days later

44 days later

This recipe really intrigued me, I found it on a website and just had to try it. It is a traditional European aperitif made using an orange, coffee beans, sugar, and grain alcohol (vodka can also be used if you can’t get grain alcohol)

As you can see, the orange is pierced, and studded with roasted coffee beans, the soaked in alcohol for 44 days with sugar. It looked really weird so of course i just had to try it.