Highly Commended – Traditional
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
Winner – Traditional: Raspberry Gin
Winner – Off-piste: Beetroot and horseradish vodka
Highly Commended – Off-piste: Toffee vodka
Highly Commended – Traditional: Chilli Sloe Gin
Highly Commended – Traditional: Quardrum Plum Vodka
Highly Commended – Traditional: Gooseberry Gin