How to Make Raspberry Gin (Easy Homemade Fruity Gin Recipe!)

Get your raspberry gin recipe here! It's a beautifully aromatic drink with lovely shades of sweet and tart. Ours has vanilla in it!
Raspberry Gin Cocktail in short glasses
Homemade Raspberry Gin, tiny glasses with bottle in the background. Red gin. Light background.
Homemade Raspberry Gin

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I love infused liqueurs and this Raspberry Gin has gone all the way up my list of favourite drinks, clamouring for first place alongside Rhubarb Gin and Limoncello. It’s an aromatic drink with lovely shades of sweet and tart.

Infused liqueurs are simply delicious and so easily made at home. You just need a handful of ingredients and a little bit of patience. Ok, if you’ve got the attention span of a fruit fly, then that’s a whole lot of patience!

I love making homemade infusions, and in my medium-sized kitchen, with the sourdough, the kefir, the kimchi, the sauerkraut, the vinegars, and all sorts of pickles on the go, I sometimes quite often run out of space and have to practise restraint. Which is a real bummer in the summer with all the delicious, but more importantly, cheap fruit on the go!

Rhubarb Gin in small spey glasses. Dark background. Rhubarb gin, dark photo.
How to Make Rhubarb Gin

On this site, you’ll find a few infused liqueur recipes, including Rhubarb Gin, above. In the Rhubarb gin post, I give you 2 recipes, one that takes 4 weeks to proof, and the other, with roasted rhubarb, takes only 5 days before it’s ready to drink. Here, I’m afraid, in the words of Axl Rose,

All we need is a little patience

Plus a few ingredients!

Red cocktail
Raspberry Gin Cocktail

Raspberry Gin Recipe

I don’t have much advice on how to make raspberry gin at home, as it’s a pretty straightforward process, just like our rhubarb gin. Unlike the limoncello, where how much you add of the fruit and sugar, depends on the alcohol content of your vodka/grain alcohol.

To make raspberry gin, all we do is:

  1. Soak the raspberries in gin
  2. Add sugar and flavouring (see below)
  3. WAIT (im)patiently
  4. Strain

Let’s take a look at  the Raspberry Gin Ingredients

Gin for Raspberry Gin

Get the best gin you can afford to make your raspberry gin. That goes for all your homemade infused liqueurs. Cheap gin will give you cheap tasting rhubarb gin. That doesn’t mean that you have to pay top dollar, do a little research to see what’s good in your price range. Like wine you plan to cook with, get something that you will enjoy drinking on its own and doesn’t taste like rubbish. I’m happy to use a good quality London Dry Gin.

Raspberry Gin Cocktail in short glasses
Raspberry Gin with basil tonic and raspberries

Raspberries for Raspberry Gin

Fresh or frozen raspberries are fine. Just make sure that your fresh raspberries are indeed fresh. Shop bought raspberries and strawberries don’t seem to have a long life at all. So there’s something to be said about using frozen, I always have a couple of bags in the freezer, for all sorts of reasons.

Frozen fruit are great in cocktails:

  • they act as ice cubes
  • and they also add flavour and colour

Sugar for Raspberry Gin Recipe

To me, white sugar is the best for infused liqueurs, unless you are going for toffee and caramel flavours, which are great in spiced liqueurs. I love my drinks on the sweet side, and use 400g (14 oz) of sugar in most infusions. If you aren’t keen on sweet, start with 300g (about 10.5 oz). Then taste as you go along, you can add more sugar right up to the end. Just stir to dissolve, and strain when the time comes.

Best friends bring gin
Best friends bring gin

Additional flavourings in our Raspberry Gin

In the rhubarb gin, I went with just rhubarb and optional ginger. Since I’ve always wanted to add vanilla to fruit, a combination I’ve shied away from, for one reason or another, I decided to go for it here.

You can just about smell and taste the vanilla. It’s in the background and lends a subtle creaminess to the final flavour. I have another drink proofing at the moment, in which I’m using vanilla again. In that drink, the vanilla is more pronounced. Raspberries do have a little more character that doesn’t mellow out altogether when steeped.

The other drink will be ready soon, and I share it then! Not gin!

So besides the raspberry and sugar, we’ve also got:

  • a vanilla pod
  • half a lemon, in slices

That’s it, let’s get gin-ing!

Frozen Homemade Limoncello in shot glass, black background
Homemade Limoncello, as mentioned

Sterilising Jars and Bottles for our Raspberry Gin

  1. Turn the oven on to a cool 130˚C/250˚F/Gas Mark ½.
  2. Wash the jars, bottles and lids in hot soapy water.
  3. Place the jars, bottles and lids upside down in the oven and leave them to dry, with the door closed for 15 minutes.
  4. Turn the oven off and leave the jars, bottles and lids in there, bringing them out only when you are ready to fill. Be careful, as they’ll be hot.

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Lin xx

Raspberry Gin Cocktail in short glasses

How to Make Raspberry Gin (Easy Homemade Fruity Gin!)

Get your raspberry gin recipe here! It’s a beautifully aromatic drink with lovely shades of sweet and tart. Ours has vanilla in it!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: International
Keyword: alcohol, gifts, gin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 40 Makes about 1 litre (4 cups/40 shots)
Calories: 35kcal
Author: Azlin Bloor

Ingredients

  • 1 litre good quality gin
  • 400 g fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 300 g white sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod split in half
  • ½ a lemon sliced in rings

Instructions

  • Place everything into a large, sterilised jar, and give it a good stir.
  • Cover and place in a dark spot for 4 weeks. I place mine in a kitchen cupboard. Stir it every other day, or as often as you remember to!
  • To drink, strain through a sieve or, if you like a crystal clear pink gin, strain though a double layer of muslin or cheese cloth into a sterilised bottle.

Notes

You will need a minimum of 4 weeks of infusion time.
1 shot = 1 serving = 25 ml = 1 fluid oz

Nutrition

Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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43 thoughts on “How to Make Raspberry Gin (Easy Homemade Fruity Gin Recipe!)”

  1. Shaun Askey

    Hi
    I don’t squash the fruit at all, it makes it easier to filter & the gin is clearer.
    Also, for years now I’ve been giving the left over filtered gin laden fruit to my 86 year old mother who makes bakewell tarts, crumbles & sponges etc. Wow, very flavoursome with a kick. Try it?

    1. Hi Shaun, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I can see why you wouldn’t want to squash the fruit for easier straining. As you might see from the post, I make various other infusions with different spirits. And over the years, I have tried the no squash version, but squashing the fruit always results in a better flavoured drink, in my opinion. But to each his own. 🙂
      Also, with regards the alcoholic fruit, yes, I totally use it for desserts, whether as is, or in baking. I mentioned it in the Rhubarb Gin recipe post, it makes a delicious rhubarb crumble. I totally appreciate you sharing your experience though. xx

  2. Jacky Postlethwaite

    5 stars
    I made this for a birthday present for my Gin drinking son ! It went down a storm and I’ve had orders from all his friends …just going to, pass on the recipe to them .
    We snaffled some and it truly was delicious ….thank you .

    1. Hey Jacky, I am so pleased to hear that, this is definitely one of my favourite home infusions! And glad you manage to taste some after your hard work! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and for passing the recipe on to your son’s friends! x

    1. Hi Vikki, if you want a clear drink, don’t squash down on the fruit too hard. Also, I find that squashing too much, releases bitter flavours from the lemon as well as the vanilla.
      So short answer, squeeze the raspberries lightly. You know, you can eat those alcoholic raspberries with some ice cream or cream, if you don’t want to throw them away.

  3. Melissa Baker

    5 stars
    This sounds really good, Lin. I have so many raspberries and strawberries in the garden. Do you think I make make it with both? Will it taste good?

  4. I shall be making this at the weekend, just need a few more raspberries! normally make damson/sloe fancied a change…where can I buy tnose lovely bottles please?

    1. Awesome! I just got some sloe gin going from last year’s frozen sloes.
      I believe I bought those bottles at Wilkinsons. They are sold in packs of 6, and come in different sizes.

  5. Oh wow! I want both!!! I am drooling… Somehow these spiked coolers make me want to gulp them up. I love these. And I love the fact that it’s made from fresh raspberries. Yum!

  6. Michael Satterfield

    This look really good, I bookmarked your site so I can come back for more drink tips. I like to entertain, but I never know what to make, I like these because it is unique.

  7. Wow! This is very timely as I am planning a party this weekend. I would love to include this fruity gin on the refreshments list. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  8. I am a huge fan of gin and can have it anytime. Thus reading an idea of fruity gin is like heaven for me. I would love to try this and relish the rich taste.

  9. Simple Indian Mom

    This looks so yummy.. although I have never ever tried it! But i think i should try this..

  10. I love gin and adore raspberries so it’s an ideal recipe for me! And it’s so easy to make too, perfect for the summer!

  11. This does look yummy. I love gin but have only had it with lemon before. I love the look of your raspberry gin. It would be great for the weekend.

  12. im a huage raspberry and gin fan so to put them together- YUM! such a great post and ill be sure to make this for guests soon!

  13. hi gorgeous this looks so yummy i gotta try it this weekend. lucky i have plenty of gin to keep me going while i wait 🙂

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