Having put quinces through their baking paces (adding them to crumbles or baking them with honey) I wanted to see how else I could use them. Steeping them with gin seemed like a logical step; the unique flavour of quince I thought would work really well. I set about making some quince gin and I made a little film about it too! It’s the first film I’ve made and I have a new YouTube channel too, check it out below!
You will need:
- 750g quinces, scrubbed if they are the fluffy kind
- 250g sugar
- 1.5 litres gin
- Sterilised jar
Start by quartering the quinces and remove the cores. Put the quince quarters into a sterilised jar.
Add the sugar to the jar then top up with the gin.
Give everything a mix together then leave to steep in a dark place for around two weeks.
Strain the gin into another sterilised container and enjoy with tonic.
If you felt so inclined, you could use the gin soaked quinces in a crumble, or you could cook the whole lot down together, puree it and keep it in the freezer to add to various puddings as and when you wanted.
I added less sugar to this gin mix than I would for making sloe gin because the quinces add a little more sweetness. The quinces near the top do start to go brown if they are exposed to the air but I don’t think it affected the taste at all. I love the light golden colour that the finished gin has and the delicious, almost tropical taste, the quince gives. This is just the tipple for cold, dark nights with your thickest slippers and a cosy blanket.