September is the best time to pick blackberries – combine them with apple to make this fruity, flavourful gin!
300g granulated sugar
1 apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped
Using a funnel, pour the sugar into a large bottle that has been sterilised (sterilise it in a very hot dishwasher, or boil it in a pan of water for 10 minutes). Add the fruit and then the gin. Seal tightly, then label with the date and store in a dark place. Turn the bottle as often as you can to dissolve the sugar gradually.
After three months, strain off the alcohol and pour into dry, warm bottles that have been sterilised as before. Seal and label with date. The drink will keep well.