One of the local supermarkets is selling large trays of cherries for a good price. They are one of our favourite fruits and they have such a wonderful flavour! The cherries on our tree have only just started to change colour, so this is a perfect opportunity for me to start a gin steep as an experiment on taste, so that when our are ready, I can make a perfect batch. I haven’t made this particular steep before, but this is what I’ve done this morning.
1L Kilner jar, sterilised
450g washed and pitted cherries (the weight given is with the stones removed)
2 tbsp honey
I shall leave this for a few weeks and give it a taste. It’s better to add less of your “sugar” at the beginning and adjust it to taste.
I’ve read that it’s good to leave cherries to steep for up to 6 months, but you will need to still check your jar regularly to make sure nothing is going wrong. I have a good dark and cool cupboard to store these jars in, which adjoins a north wall, the temperature in it is fairly stable!