5 Alternative Recipes for your Hip Flask

hip flask recipes

hip flask recipes

Below are 5 alternative recipes for your hip flask other than the traditional sloe gin. Not that we don’t like sloe gin, quite the opposite in fact! We just fancied something different.

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Raspberry Vodka 

350 grams (12 oz) of sugar

600 grams (1 lb 5 oz) of raspberries

1 Litre (1 ¾ pints) of vodka

Add the raspberries to a glass bottle or jar (don’t be tempted to use plastic or metal as this can taint the drink) and then add the sugar to the bottle (use a funnel for ease).  Then pour the vodka in on top of the fruit and sugar and that’s it.  We like to use extra fruit and sugar as vodka has less taste than other spirits.

Simply shake the container to mix it up and store in a cool dark place, turning or gently shake the bottle each day until the sugar is dissolved (first couple of weeks).

Then leave the mixture for at least three months, or anything up to a year (turning it once a week), before straining and bottling it.

Keep your fruit vodka away from the light, unless the bottles are dark green or brown, as this will maintain the colour. If you are using clear bottles, wrap them in brown paper to keep out the light or store them in a cool dark place that is dry and airy.

Every few weeks take a sip and add sugar if it tastes too sharp. If it is too sweet it is difficult to go back.

Blackberry Brandy

225 grams (8 oz) of sugar

450 grams (1 lb) of blackberries

1 litre (1 ¾ pints) of brandy

 

Follow the same steps as for the raspberry vodka above.

Gooseberry Gin

375g  of white granulated sugar (for ordinary green gooseberries)

500g of gooseberries

Half of a vanilla pod

Thumb size piece of grated fresh ginger

1 litre of medium quality gin

 

Top and tail then squash gooseberries a little. Follow the same steps as for the raspberry vodka above, adding the half vanilla pod and grated ginger too.

Lemon Liqueur

Zest and juice of 6 unwaxed lemons

200 g caster sugar

150 ml water

700 ml eau-de-vie (colourless fruit liqueur), 40-80% proof, or vodka

 

Put the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat and stir to dissolve the sugar.

Bring to the boil, then simmer briskly for 3-4 minutes until the bubbles look syrupy. Leave to cool.

Add the lemon zest and juice to the syrup while it is still slightly warm. Then add the eau-de-vie or vodka.

Pour into sterile bottles or jars and seal.

Leave in a cool, dark place for 1 month, shaking every day for the first week. After a month the lemon liqueur will be ready to drink.

Sloe Port

500g sloes (squashed/mashed)

100g sugar

750ml (1 standard bottle) of red wine

200ml brandy

Add the sloes, sugar and wine to your container. Seal and shake daily for 6-8 weeks, keeping it in a cool, dark place. Keep tasting and adjust sugar if you think necessary

After 6-8 weeks, drain the sloes off the liquid through a double layer of scalded muslin.

Add the brandy and mix well.

So there you have 5 alternative recipes for your hip flask! Enjoy!

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