This super simple strawberry and lavender gin liqueur is the true taste of summer sunshine in a glass. Super easy to make, once tried, you’ll be whipping this up every week!
Today is another lovely strawberry day. I’m off to BBC Radio Scotland this morning to be on the McAulay & Co show again this time to chat about alternative uses for strawberries – Think Outside The Punnet!
One of the recipe ideas I’ll be sharing is how to make Strawberry & Lavender Gin liqueur.
Whenever I make this I smile. Not just for the whole summer berries, smell of lavender or even the booze element, no, I smile because I remember that this one recipe started it all for me. It got me to places I’d never dreamed of. You see when I wrote my first book, So Easy Herbal back in 2010 I published it myself.
I practically pounded the streets to try to get some publicity and boost my meager sales. One of my PR efforts was to badger the producer of The Hour, a daily TV show at the Scottish Television Centre in Glasgow.
My TV debut!
He liked the sound of that strawberry & lavender gin and I was invited on to the show to demonstrate how to make it and chat about my book. I was overjoyed and loved every minute of it. That one visit to the studios led to 1 1/2 years of my own bi-weekly slot on the show where I would demonstrate how to use herbs around the home, doing everything from making your own kitchen cosmetics to home remedies, cleaners and of course booze!
That show finished but I wrote more books, have written for lots of magazines and became a regular on the foodie and crafting demonstration circuit. I have also been fortunate enough to become a regular contributor to the McAulay & Co Show on BBC Radio Scotland.
All this going back to one idea, a few words, one little recipe – strawberry and lavender gin liqueur.
Ingredients for strawberry and lavender gin
Can you use frozen strawberries?
Yes, you can use frozen strawberries for this strawberry and lavender gin liqueur recipe, just defrost them first.
What type of lavender?
You can use either fresh lavender sprigs or dried lavender to make this liqueur.
How do you make strawberry and lavender gin
Quite simply you are going to infuse the gin with the flavour of the strawberries and the lavender. You do this by placing all the ingredients in a nice big Kilner type jar and popping it into a dark cupboard for a week.
Shake it every day to make sure the sugar dissolves completely.
Finally, strain it through two layers of muslin/cheesecloth or kitchen paper and decant into a sterilised bottle. That’s it folks!
How long will strawberry and lavender gin keep?
This liqueur will keep for up to a year stored in a cool dark cupboard.
How to serve your strawberry and lavender gin liqueur
Serve this liqueur ice cold in a little frozen shot glass. Over ice. With your favourite mixer like tonic water or soda. Or as part of a cocktail like a strawberry martini.
Now before I forget. Don’t throw out those gin soaked strawberries. You can make them into my gorgeous Strawberry Gin Jam. If not making the jam right away, then just pop the strawberries into a freezer bag and store in the freezer till you are ready to get crafty in the kitchen again.
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Looking for more homemade liqueurs to try? Then check out my Homemade Liqueurs & Infusions section.
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Strawberry and Lavender Gin Liqueur
- 400 g strawberries
- 5 heads lavender or 2 tsp dried lavender
- 750 ml Gin
- 175 g caster sugar
- Wipe over the strawberries and hull them by removing leaves and stalks. Cut them in half and drop into a wide mouthed jar, Kilners work really well for this.
- Add the lavender heads and don’t be tempted to overdo it as lavender has a strong flavour and can get too medicinal if you use too much.
- Pour in the gin (normal supermarket stuff is what you want here, not to expensive stuff)
- Add the sugar, seal jar and give it a good shake.
- Put in a cupboard and shake every day for a week to get the sugar to dissolve completely.
- After a week the strawberries will have lost their colour and the liquid will be a gorgeous pink colour.
- Strain the liquid through 2 layers of kitchen paper in a sieve and decant into a pretty bottle.
- Serve ice cold as a shot or with ice and tonic water, fizz or lemonade.