Bottle of spiced damson vodka

Spiced damson vodka

This vodka is actually pretty similar to the damson gin and can be used in similar ways – alone as a nice dessert shot, with tonic, or in cocktails. The spice lends it an interesting extra note but isn’t overpowering.

Spiced damson vodka




A wintery vodka variation on damson gin with some cinnamon, clove and anise.


  • 500g whole damsons

  • 350g granulated or caster sugar

  • 1l vodka

  • 1 cinnamon stick or 2-3 pieces cassia bark

  • 4 cloves

  • 1 star anise


  • This recipe relies on unblemished whole damsons, with the stones in. I tend to gather mine over a period of time and freeze them as explained in the damson gin recipe.
  • Mix all the ingredients in a large 2l jar or similar container with a lid
  • Store in cool dark place. Shake every few days initially until all the sugar has dissolved and the red liquid appears clear and free of sugar granules
  • Leave for 3-4 months or longer
  • Bottling
  • Use a sieve to retrieve the liquid and not any of the damsons or spices
  • Pour into sterilised bottles (just out of the dishwasher is ideal) through fine cheesecloth or muslin


  • You can really use any selection of warming spices here – try also cardamom or allspice
  • Don’t throw out the damsons after making this – try the damson port