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Home-made edible gifts are perfect for loved ones who seem to have everything. They’re also supremely satisfying to make and mean you don’t need to battle the festive shopping crowds! So get ahead with your gifting and make something memorable
Mulled Pomegranate Gin Infusing your own gin is easy and delicious – and makes for a wonderfully festive G&T.
Hands-on time 10min, plus 2 weeks infusing. Cooking time about 10min. Makes about 800ml (1⅓ pint)
✴ 40g (1½oz) caster sugar ✴ 1 cinnamon stick ✴ 4 cloves ✴ ½tsp allspice berries ✴ 3cm (1¼in) piece fresh root ginger, peeled and roughly chopped ✴ 2 pomegranates, halved ✴ 700ml (1¼ pint) dry gin 1 Heat 100ml (3½fl oz) water with the sugar, spices and ginger in a small pan over a low heat until sugar dissolves. Turn up the heat and boil for 5min. 2 Meanwhile, working over a bowl, scoop the seeds from the pomegranates – catching any juices in the bowl. Discard any white pith and transfer to a large jug or Kilner jar with the spiced syrup and gin. Cover and leave to infuse in the fridge for 2 weeks. 3 Strain through a fine sieve and decant into sterilised bottles. PER SERVING (25ml/1 fl oz) 54cals, 0g protein, 0g fat (0g saturates), 2g carbs (2g total sugars), 0g fibre TO STORE Keep the bottled gin in a cool, dry place for up to 3 months (it will darken in colour).