Hip Flask Recipes

While hunting: the more of this stuff you drink now, the smaller the fences will seem. And the more you drink in the pub afterward, the bigger the fences have been!

My friend Lorna (equestrianreality.wordpress.com) maintains that if you ride side saddle then you must learn how to make a potentially lethal combination of wild berries, sugar and alcohol and swap drinking vodka out of a glass in night clubs for drinking said lethal combination out of a hip flask in a tent/horse lorry/on horse back. so here goes:

Gather your equipment and ingredients!

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  • 450g/1lb berries (sloes/blackberries/ gooseberries/ raspberries/damsons) or other fruit (e.g. damsons, cherries, plums, peaches)
  • 225g/8oz caster sugar
  • 1 litre/1¾ pint spirit (vodka/gina/brandy/whiskey)

Particularly good combinations are: Sloe gin, gooseberry gin, damson vodka, raspberry vodka, blackberry brandy, cherry brandy, but you can try which ever you want!

Preparation method

  1. Pick and wash the fruit.
  2. Put in a large sterilised kilner jar. (If using sloes put them in the freezer for a couple of hours first so that the skins burst on them)
  3. Pour in the sugar and the alcohol, seal tightly and shake well.
  4. Store in a cool, dark cupboard and shake every other day for a week. Then shake once a week for at least two months. Try to resist for as long as possible- the longer you leave it the more delicious/potent it will be!
  5. Strain through muslin into a sterilised bottle
  6. Enjoy- and drink responsibly! har har har!!!

sloe gin

Other combinations: 

The percy special: equal parts whiskey and cherry brandy

Whisky mac: Scottish whisky and ginger wine.

Port and brandy: half and half.

Hot buttered rum: Warm a glass of cider in a pan with some cloves, a cinnamon stick and a spoonful of honey or molasses sugar, add a good slug of dark rum and float a pat of unsalted butter on the top.

Hot spiced port: with cloves and hot whisky with sugar.

Mulled wine: a long standing favourite.

Lovage liqueur and brandy, two parts to one, is scrummy

Home-made Drambue recipe, described as “a lethal concoction”: “Half a bottle of whisky or brandy, 1 bottle of Strongbow, 1 pound of sugar, 1 medium sized bottle of rosehip syrup (if you have trouble getting hold of this you can use apple and pear concentrated baby juice instead). Mix together until the sugar is dissolved and decant it into suitable receptacles”

Equal parts of blackberry brandy + vodka

2 parts whisky to 1 part cherry brandy

Another option is a 1/2 and 1/2 mix of Butterscotch Schnapps and Apple Pucker Schnapps. Tastes like a tart caramel apple.

An excellent flask filler to warm the cockles of your heart (and oh-so-trendy!): 2 parts Cognac (or whiskey, bourbon, or rye) 1 part St Germaine (elder flower liqour that is lovely. Not overly floral or sweet, just yummy

Morning “coffee”. Two parts whipped cream flavored vodka to one part kahlua.

Equal parts (or slightly more whiskey) of scotch whiskey and amaretto

1/2 Sherry 1/2 port (hound’s blood)