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Beech Leaf Noyau

A delightful, herby gin liqueur that will tantalise your taste buds and surprise your guests!
Prep Time5 mins
Maturing Time60 d
Course: Drinks
Keyword: Beech, Beech Leaves, Beech Tree
Author: Foragers Folly
Cost: £12


  • 1 ltr Bottle, Bowl/Jug, Muslin Cloth, Saucepan


  • 750 ml gin
  • Young fresh beech tree leaves
  • 150 g sugar
  • 200 ml hot water
  • 125 ml brandy (you can add up to 200ml)



  • Gather young beech tree leaves
  • Loosley 3/4 fill a 1-litre bottle with the leaves (a recycled plastic juice bottle is perfect)
  • Cover leaves with the gin, ensuring they're all submerged
  • Seal bottle and store in a dark cupboard for 4 weeks
  • After 4 weeks, strain the liquid through a muslin cloth into a bowl or jug and throw away the leaves


  • Sterilise then refill your bottle with the strained gin
  • Dissolve your sugar in hot water, leave to cool and pour into the gin.
  • Add the brandy and give the bottle a good shake.
  • Seal, and store in a dark cupboard for a further 4 weeks to mature.
  • Chill, pour, drink, enjoy!


If you're in a hurry to drink your noyau you can miss out part two entirely and rebottle the strained gin. Chill, serve and enjoy!