After nine months of steeping the damson gin has come out a glorious, deep, rich red colour and it is asking to be made into a long drink. This is my perfect summer evening tipple. If I don't have lemonade in the house it is just as good with a bit of tonic. It doesn't look fancy, it's not got any frills but when it tastes this good and fresh it doesn't need any.
You will need (per glass)
50ml Damson Gin
Squeeze fresh lime juice
This is as simple as mixing up some fruit squash; this one is only for adults mind! Put the damson gin into a glass and pour in the lemonade. Squeeze in a little lime juice, give it a taste and add more lime if you prefer it sour. I think this would be lovely with a bit of fresh mint too.
I was surprised how little the colour was diluted when mixed with lemonade; it's such a fantastic purple hue. The recipe for the original damson gin can be found here and damsons are due in season in the not too distant future. For the colour alone (let alone the unique, punchy flavour) it's well worth making a batch of gin to mix up any way you wish.