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How To Make Damson Whisky Recipe

Following on from a recent blog post and keeping to a theme we will now be looking at another spirit based drink that will be ready in time for the Festive Season and that is damson whisky.

With the recent gift of a lovely bag of damsons (Prunus domestica subsp. Insititia) as featured in our Badger Bushcraft Blog article “How To Make Damson Brandy Liqueur”, and with this years jam supplies, jars and jelly bags on route from the wholesaler the remaining damsons needed to be used.

With the Festive Season approaching faster than I would like to consider it seemed like a good idea to take a look at another spirit based drink and use up the remaining fruit.


To make damson whisky you will need:-

    • Whiskey
    • Caster Sugar
    • Brandy
    • A Wide Necked Bottle or Jar


Wash and drain the damsons in a colander to rinse off any dirt, leaves and foreign bodies.

I find the flavour of whiskey quite overpowering so for this recipe I decided to leave the stones in the fruit as an experiment to see if the almond tones from the stone would be detectable as the concoction matured. Instead of pricking I scored around the entire circumference of the fruits with a sharp paring knife before placing them in a wide necked “snap top” style preserving jar until about one third full of the cut fruits.


Next the caster sugar was added, as the damsons were exceptionally ripe and already packed full of sugar only an initial 150g of caster sugar was added to the recipe. As the mixture matures and absorbs the sugars and colour from the fruit it can always be tasted and further sugar added if needed.


The jar was then filled to the brim with whiskey.


Once full the jar was shaken.


As with other homemade jarred products this will now sit in a dark and cool cupboard and to help extract both sugar and flavour from the fruit the jar will be shaken every so often. Some guides and recipes recommend shaking every day but to be totally honest I do this as I remember or whenever I open the pickles and preserves cupboard and this seems to be sufficient.

Before drinking and sharing with friends I will filter the contents through muslin and decant into a clean bottle. I am sure that the “boozy fruit” will come in handy, once the stone has been removed, as a tasty topping to vanilla ice cream and other sweet dishes!

The abundance of wild fruits and berries is just another wonderful excuse to get outdoors and explore the local environment near our base in the heart of Kent.

Please remember with gathering all wild food "if in doubt leave it out". Don't ever take risks with the ID's of any form of wild foods.


#5 Badger Bushcraft 2018-04-10 10:21
Hi Justine,

Thanks for the comments and we have to agree with you about being super easy and super delicious! Your bloody Mary's sound amazing!

All the best,

Phil and Co.
#4 Badger Bushcraft 2018-04-10 10:19
Quoting andy:
Hi you didnt tell us how long to leave it brewing

Hi Andy, It was left until Christmas and the New year so just over three months. Best regards, Phil and Co.
#3 Justine Blair Carrol 2018-04-09 23:42
I recently heard that the Chef at Buckingham Palace makes this for the Duke as it is one of his favorites.

The Chef stated that they would leave it "brew" for about one year in a dark cupboard.

My Grandmother would make similar concoctions with all sorts of alcohol bases & different fruits. Her recipe was very similar and also a year.

I have made for many years a Pepper Vodka that when spritz on top of a Bloody Mary gives it a fantastic depth of flavor.
Take an empty Perrier Water green bottle (large)
Fill to top with whole Peppercorns.
Leave in a dark cabinet for at least 6 months.
When ready to use, tap a few small holes in the lid with an ice pick.
Shake a few drops (or more to taste) on the top of a Bloody Mary when popping in a leafy celery stalk then serve.

These concoctions are all super easy and super delicious.

Saratoga Springs, NY
#2 andy 2015-10-13 16:07
Hi you didnt tell us how long to leave it brewing
#1 Phil Brown 2012-03-06 07:07
Hi Daphne,

I hope you enjoy making it as well as drinking it - it really is well worth the effort and tastes just wonderful.

Let us know how you get on please.

Best regards,


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