The most well known wild drink that foragers, and people who probably wouldn’t call themselves foragers, make from the hedgerows is Sloe Gin. People have their own method but in a nutshell, fruit and sugar is covered in spirits for a period to gain the flavour and colour from the fruit. Some use Gin, others Vodka, this being known as Slodka.
Sloe Gin, or Slodka, is the tip of a very large iceberg with a huge range of wild drinks where hedgerow fruits, flowers, nuts, leaves and even fungi being infused in spirits such as gin, vodka, whisky, rum etc. Blackberry Whisky, Elderflower Vodka, Alexanders Gin, Hazelnut Vodka and Chanterelle Schnapps giving you a flavour of the sorts of things people make. Inspired by the books of John Wright and Andy Hamilton, I have been experimenting and the latest one, ready today is Grass Vodka.
- Take a handful of grass from your lawn – fresh grass mowings are ideal.
- Put in a large necked bottle or jar.
- Cover with a similar volume of sugar.
- Top up with vodka.
- Leave to steep in a cool, dark place for a few months, giving it a shake whenever you pass.
- Strain and enjoy.
Cheers! Best enjoyed on 1st April only!
Come on one of our Spring Greens foraging courses to try this and some other wild infusions.