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Making a Simple Mead

Making a Simple Mead

Sylvia Kent shares her favourite recipe for making a simple mead drink. Mead has been popular going right back to Anglo-Saxon times, particularly for special occasions. It was widely made and drunk in pre-Reformation monasteries, and it was often monks who did much to improve bee-keeping standards at the time. Mead was often served in […]

By February 8, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make Gorse Wine

How to Make Gorse Wine

Sylvia Kent shares her favourite recipe for Gorse wine: There are often many different wild flowers growing on allotments, and in fields and meadows in spring but one age-old plant that always seems to be in bloom, whatever the weather and season, is gorse (Ulex europaeus). There’s even an old country saying that goes: “When […]

By January 12, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Making Winter Warming Wines

Making Winter Warming Wines

If you’re a wine-making virgin these recipes and instructions should give you enough confidence to make wine from just about anything. Sometimes, when you read the books about winemaking there are a number of recipes with ingredients you simply hav no idea why they are there, or how they make the wine any tastier. Other […]

By November 24, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Pineapple Liqueur

Pineapple Liqueur

Buy the largest pineapple you can find, preferably with a golden-orange colour to ensure sweet-tasting flesh. Avoid any greenish ones with soft spots and brown leaves. INGREDIENTS 2 cups fresh pineapple 2 cups vodka ½ cup sugar syrup METHOD 1              Slice the pineapple up and put it in a large jar together with the vodka. […]

By November 9, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
How to make sugar syrup for liqueurs

How to make sugar syrup for liqueurs

Sugar syrup is often called for in liqueur-making recipes. Ingredients 2 parts water 1 part sugar Method To make 1 cup of sugar syrup add 1 cup of granulated sugar to ½ cup of water. Boil them together for 5 minutes, making sure that all the sugar has dissolved.   The sugar MUST be cooled […]

By November 9, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Home-made Creme De Cassis

Home-made Creme De Cassis

HF Forager, David Winnard, runs foraging workshops vis his site, Discover the Wild. His recipe for home-made Crème De Cassis, like our recipe for Raspberry Gin, is so simple. You can also use it as the base for other foraged liquors – Sloe Gin, Elderberry Whisky, Damson Vodka or, for the more adventurous, even a […]

By September 1, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Courgette Wine

Courgette Wine

Reader Andrew Homer’s recipe for courgette wine uses up an impressive full 5lb of courgettes, so will help with any excess of this prolific veg, to be drunk with Courgette Goujons or a little bit of Courgette Fudge Cake perhaps? INGREDIENTS 5lb courgettes 3lb white sugar (or use brown if you want a darker, rum-type […]

Old Fashioned Lemonade

Old Fashioned Lemonade

There are several ways of making lemonade but only one way to drink it – that’s on a hot summer day with the lemonade poured over a few ice cubes. Don’t limit yourself to lemons. You can also make a refreshing drink with other fruits – think orangeade, raspberryade and even dandelionade. Ingredients 4 large […]

Nettle Beer

Nettle Beer

Dave Hamilton, author of Grow your Own Food for Free shares one of his favourite recipes for making nettle beer. It’s cheap to make and follows a traditionally English recipe. Before hops were widely used in the 17th century all sorts of plants were used to flavor the ale including nettles (Urtica dioica). It was […]

Mars Bar Vodka

Mars Bar Vodka

This really is bad-ass vodka, made more for sheer novelty than taste if I’m completely honest. It is so fiendishly easy to make usually I would say a child could do it. I don’t even want to imagine the circumstances under which this Mars bar and vodka combo was conceived – it all sounds very, […]

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