At this time of year everyone is talking about foraging for fruits and picking apples to make delicious crumbles and fruit pies with their kids, and I’m all up over here making fruit liquors with the kids like mum of the year.
Here’s the thing – I’ve never had an issue with my alcohol around my children. I think as adults we can be trusted to have a bit of a tipple without getting absolutely wasted around our children, if anything to see your parents drinking in a healthy manner is a good thing in my mind. It teaches children that mummy and daddy can share a bottle of wine without taking it too far, and a healthy appreciation of a nice drink isn’t a bad thing. Adam is a wine merchant by profession, so alcohol is something that has been common place in our home, yet both of us drink a surprisingly small amount, perhaps one glass of wine a week if that.
So, back to my original point: while everyone else is making crumble, me and the children are making liquors for Christmas hampers and they think it is fabulous!
Last week we made a rather delicious rum pot that I was told about on instagram by a reader, it is insanely easy to do but come Christmas is makes the BEST syrupy liquor to drink or pour on ice cream.
The idea is that you forage for seasonal fruits as the seasons go on – strawberries in June/July, progressing through to damsons and blackberries by September/October. Every time you gather new fruit, you add it to the pot with a jolly good layer of sugar, covering the new layer completely and adding rum to top it off. The drink gets more and more syrupy as time goes on because of the sugar and fructose in the fruit… yummy!
Unfortunately, we missed most of the seasons so I confess to a little bit of cheating and we bought to product at the supermarket, but that didn’t diminish the fun Edith had layering the fruit, sugar and eventually pouring over the rum.
Here are fruits that are ideal for the rum pot:
- Apple (though there is some dispute over this one… I still chuck it in!)
- Orange peel
- Lemon peel
- Lime peel
When I think about what society deems acceptable around children, I’m always so shocked that alcohol is considered taboo or something that Mummy has to wait to drink when the kids are in bed. Personally, I think we really ought to be teaching our children about alcohol and how to be responsible with it from a young age.