I’ve been having a break from making preserves to sell, and preparing liqueurs for Christmas presents.
After getting a donation of fig leaves from the lovely Liz Stait I started making fig leaf liqueur (a recipe shamelessly stolen from one of my favourite recipe books by Beshlie Grimes).
I initially started to make all my Christmas presents as I have very little money and wanted to save money, but I have ended up spending stacks on booze to make liqueurs and fancy bottles to put them in!
So here is the recipe…….
300g of sugar (I used British granulated beet sugar – original recipe calls for castor sugar)…..to
7 fig leaves……to
1. Put sugar and water into a large pan and heat gently until all the sugar is dissolved.
2. Add the fig leaves and bring to a boil… keep mixture boiling for around 25 minutes.
3. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
4. Once it is cool, squeeze out the fig leaves into the syrup and discard the leaves.
5. Pour in the gin and mix well.
6. Using a funnel – pour the liqueur into sterilised warm bottles. Seal immediately and store in a cool dark place for at least a month. (If you can wait that long!)
Now…. I wait and after a month or so – I’m going to put the liqueur into fancy 250ml swing top bottles (sterilised). Hopefully there will be some left undrunk so I will have Christmas presents aplenty.
I will also be making a raspberry liqueur, a spiced apple liqueur and a redcurrant liqueur.