This final week of the summer holidays has been a busy one, particularly over the weekend. There have been a number of family celebrations and events that have eaten in to my blogging time this week but I wanted to quickly share some seasonal creativity that has managed to take place over that busy period.
I’ve decided to do two different types of gin this year, intending that they both be pink however as you can see that rhubarb and rosehip gin is decidedly not pink. It might be charitably described as ‘pale yellowy green’ but it might turn more pink as the rosehip’s marinade. The second gin is most definitely pink and contains raspberry, strawberry and rosehip.
Also on the shelf is my husbands very first batch of home brew mead. It’s had its first racking but fermentation began again after a necessary back sweetening. We are looking at racking it again at least once more before we consider bottling it up. Lessons have almost immediately been learnt in this process and whilst this first mead might be a little rough it’s all a learning process.
Finally there is a little pot of elderberries in that central jar, as contributed by my girls from a neighbours garden. I think they intended for it to be added to the mead which has so far been vetoed until the brewing process is perfected. Instead I’ve suggested we gather some more from other sources local to us and make some elderberry syrup to store for the coming winter colds that rattle around our house all year long. It makes makes a lovely cordial alternative as well as a spoon full of sweet medicine to boost the system.
Right, back to the fun and partying that is my week. Hopefully with the schools going back this week I will be able to settle back in to my regular routine of writing and editing.