Light-headed? Blame the Gin….

… because it’s Seville orange season, and time to make next Christmas’s supply of Seville Orange Gin, that perfect winter warmer after a day walking in the bright frosty air.

January Squares, # January Light

PS.  Several of you have asked for a recipe.  There are any number on the internet, but they are all similar to this one from The Cottage Smallholder.  I saw a different recipe that suggested cardamom, so I have used this instead of cloves.  And I only used 150 g. sugar.  Also.  Three years?  Not a chance.  We’ll be drinking ours at Christmas.

46 thoughts on “Light-headed? Blame the Gin….”

  1. Oh my goodness, may I have the recipe?
    (And on a marmalade-related note, I had a wonderful experience making marmalade with my mother while I was with them earlier this month. Something to treasure and something I might get to post about if life lets up a bit.)

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      1. Ah, the Cottage Smallholder! I used to use many of her recipes – still have some of her damson gin and a bit else besides. (And I usually reduced the sugar.) But this one escaped me. Thank you!

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  2. Now that I am not eating the sweet stuff i. e. marmalade this would be a perfect thing to do with Seville oranges. Can you post the full recipe?

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  3. At last. I’ve been trying for weeks to persuade this site to recognise me so I’ve changed my name and started again. I’ve really been enjoying your posts. Kathryn

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  4. How come that I, a gin lover, have never heard of Seville orange gin? Perfect for when I might think, in the middle of winter, that perhaps gin’s a summer drink. The educational value of your columns is considerable, and their visual pleasure stunning. Love the light shining through both the glass and the orange peel.

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  5. This sounds delicious! My dad has just started his Seville Orange marmalade making, which he does every year and that is always a treat to have whenever I come over – perhaps I can persuade him to do some gin as well?!

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    1. A litre of gin goes quite a long way, decanted once made, into Fentiman’s bottles. Lucky relatives get a bottle or so at Christmas, and some exchange goodies of their own: sloe gin, sloe vodka, mulberry gin – oh, hang on, that last one’s me too. I’m the only one with access to a mulberry tree

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  6. Wow, looks good. Sadly I never see Seville oranges here. For marmalade I have mixed grapefruit, lemon and sweet oranges to get a tarter result. I wonder if one could do that for gin! Mind you, on occasion, I am quite content to add to my gin tonic with a slice of lemon, and maybe a dash of bitters to make it pink 🙂 The worst thing about it is that it is rather more-ish, which can quite literally be rather sad and so best avoided.

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  7. I had to refrain from showing this to Andrew, as far as he is concerned there is only one use for Seville oranges. Marmalade. I did share it with friends on Facebook and am pretty confident that I may get to taste some this Christmas.

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