Have a glut of mulberries and not sure what to do with them? Try this mulberry gin and tonic jam! Made with pectin from lemon seeds and rind rather then pectin powder, this made a wonderful jam with plump whole fruit and the distinct flavour of gin & tonic! Chin chin!
If day drinking (no judgement) and mimosas with breakfast are your thing, then dare I say this jam is just your sort of jam. If you are blessed enough to have a mulberry tree, chances are your cup runneth over with mulberries and the best way to do something delicious with them is jam them because mulberries do cook down and even with a kilo of them you only get about 2x400ml/14oz. jars worth of jam.
Unfortunately we don't have a mulberry tree (one disadvantage of apartment living) but we have found one that bears a lot of fruit and isn't too picked over on a side street in the Eastern suburbs. A few weeks after we first picked some berries, I pestered Mr NQN go back for more. He agreed as he loves mulberries and we made our way there one sunny afternoon.
The tree was popular, people were already picking some and eating them straight off the tree. There was a man who owned the property that the mulberry tree was draped over and he watched Mr NQN reaching up to the sky to pluck the berries. "That's what they're for," he said he said nodding agreeably.
He watched him for a few seconds before making a suggestion for him to climb the tree. Mr NQN wasn't sure so the man asked us to hand him our bag and quickly scaled the tree picking off the plump, ripe berries at the top. He climbed down and handed the bag over and we thanked him for his berry picking.
Mr NQN then climbed the tree like a monkey scaling a tree for coconuts. "Don't fall!" I said pretty uselessly. I have never learned how to climb a tree and while it would have been better for me to do it as I am smaller, it was beyond my capability. Passersby watched him climb, some gave him smiles and other a thumbs up for my intrepid climber. And we got enough for a couple of jars of jam.
A lot of lemons nowadays are seedless so avoid those if you're hoping to use the seeds for pectin. I was the lucky recipient of some fantastic lemons from my mother's friend's tree-these were super juicy with plenty of seeds so I used these to make the pectin and added a generous splash (ok more than a splash) of gin and tonic syrup! And I do believe this is what might motivate me to climb a tree!
So tell me Dear Reader, do you know how to climb a tree? Have you ever picked mulberries? And do you like jams flavoured with alcohol?