In Central and Eastern Europe, this is known as “Slivovitz” and is a favored drink, often served after dinner or incorporated into other beverages. Traditionally, Slivovitz is made with Brandy or Eau-de-vie, but in England and Holland, gin is more often used. The English enjoy “Damson Gin”, though this recipe is sweeter and unique from all the other traditional recipes.
- 3 pounds fresh purple or white plums, halved and pitted
- 4 Cups sugar
- 1 quart gin
- In screw top jar, mix all ingredients. Cover tightly. Invert jar; let stand 24 hours. Turn jar upright. Let stand 24 hours. Repeat turning until sugar is dissolved.
- Store in dark, cool place for two months. Strain through cheesecloth into decanters.