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Gin Infused Blueberries

If you don’t follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you won’t know that my little sister turned 18 on Friday. You also might not be aware that I baked her the best cake I have made in my 20 years on earth so far. I’m not saying it’s the finest cake in the world, just the most spectacular one that’s come out of my kitchen.

I’ll tell you a little more about the cake itself later on, today I’m going to tell you about one little component that made it special. The gin infused blueberries.

This isn’t so much a how-to post as a here’s-how-I-did-it post. I went into this infusing situation pretty much blind, I mean I didn’t even have the decency to Google it.

Gin Infused Blueberries

I did, however, take to Twitter the morning of to ask if anybody had any tips. Many did, but they involved starting the whole process a lot longer than I had left it, so in the end I went with a pretty laborious method..

Gin Infused Blueberries

I pricked each individual blueberry about 6 times with a little pin – watch your clothes if you do this at home, that blue juice is murder to scrub off your clothes – then just sort of unceremoniously dropped them into a Kilner jar filled with gin.

I used Bombay Sapphire because it’s what we had in, but I can’t imagine that the brand would make a huge difference.

Gin Infused Blueberries

Once I’d pricked and dunked all the berries, I fastened the Kilner jar and just left it on the side for a few hours. I did this at 9am – gin is a strange smell to be faced with at 9am – and left them until 12pm, if I were to do this again I would absolutely leave them overnight. You could tell that gin had been in their vicinity but it wasn’t as strong as I’d have liked.

Gin Infused Blueberries

Anyway, I strained them through a sieve and caught the gin in a glass jug. The leftover gin turned a glorious pink colour when mixed with tonic and tasted subtly fruity which was a lovely bonus.

So, if you want to do this at home I would recommend you do leave them overnight and make sure you don’t lose that lovely leftover gin. Make sure you stay tuned so you don’t miss the post about the cake these babies sat atop!

Have you ever infused berries with alcohol? What for? Let me know in the comments!

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13 Comments

  1. I love the sounds of gin infused blueberries! I made sloe gin for my wedding last year – I did the same – pricked all the berries, but I used a little wire brush so could do a lot at once. Left it for a couple of months though. It was delicious and really fun to make! Looking forward to seeing the cake!x

  2. Well, I’ve seen the cake and it was excellent. This is a lovely idea, but definitely best leave for longer. I’ve seen fruit infuse in alcohol for months!

  3. Wow I don’t even like gin but I love where you’re going with this! x

  4. Pingback: White Chocolate, Gin + Blueberry Cheesecake | My Sister’s 18th | Cate in the Kitchen

  5. Kathy Cooke says

    Hi,
    I have just discovered gin after having been to a gin festival with friends! I am planning to do a gin themed dinner party and will be giving your cheesecake a try, it looks and sounds amazing. I will let you know how I get on…
    …I have a few weeks to soak the blue berries tooπŸ˜„
    Thank you for your inspiration.
    Kathy x

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