I was super thrilled to create this recipe for Brockmans gin, a little while ago. My favourite part of the whole experience was taste testing Brockmans and falling in love with it. It’s now my absolutel favourite gin. Truth be told, I didn’t like gin for the longest time. My excuse was that it “tasted like Christmas” and absolutely not in a good way. I’ve learned that if gin tastes like a tree, chances are you’re not drinking a very high quality gin. (This should have come as no surprise.)
Brockmans has a really delicate flavour with just a hint of fruitiness and citrus (blueberries, in particular). So when they gave me the opportunity to create a recipe for them, the lightness of the gin immediately brought to mind desserts. But I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone a bit and create a challenge for myself so I wanted to make a savoury dish where the gin would still get to sing. That’s how these Blackberry and Gin Chicken Wings came to life.
You can also find my recipe on the Brockmans website.
- 24 chicken wings
- 450 g blackberries (fresh)
- 1/4 cup of Brockmans Gin
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1 tablespoon of ketchup
- 1 teaspoon of Sriracha
- sprinkle of chili flakes
- 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
- zest of 1 lemon.
- Preheat your oven to 200 C.
- Place your wings on a foil covered tray and bake for 35-40 minutes or until thoroughly cooked through. Whilst your wings are cooking, make your blackberry sauce.
- Muddle your blackberries as finely as possible. (If you have a food processor, give them a blitz.) In a large bowl mix your blackberries with the gin, vinegar, honey, ketchup, Sriracha, chili flakes and olive oil. If you desire, you can strain out the blackberry seeds, but I don't mind them.
- Once your wings are cooked through, brush them with your blackberry sauce and then sprinkle over 1 tablespoon of brown sugar over your tray of wings. Return them to the oven for 10 minutes.
- Remove them from the oven and let them cool for about 3 minutes. Then top them with lemon zest and reserve the rest of the unused blackberry sauce for a dipping sauce for everyone.
- I served my wings with a side of sweet potato fries, some chopped celery and chicory.
Have you ever cooked with gin before? If so, what did you make?