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Highly Commended – Traditional

Gooseberry Gin

Janet Pitchford

My Gooseberry Gin is always well-received after the hunt dinner.

I follow the Duke of Buccleuch’s with my terriers, and fellow hunt supporters urged me to enter the competition.

Our huntsman will vouch for it.

The recipe is from an old hunting book, which recommends using any fruit.

For a 1 litre (13⁄4 pint) bottle
■ Fruit of choice, enough to half-fill bottle
■ 4-6 heaped tablespoons sugar, depending on the fruit
■ Spirit, to fill

Turn upside down and hold for 20 seconds once a day for one month. Taste for sweetness. If more sugar is added, repeat daily turning for one more week, then twice weekly for a further two weeks and then once per week for a further month.

Store at room temperature in a dark cupboard.

The Field’s Hip Flask Championship 2013

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Highly Commended – Traditional: Gooseberry Gin