What would you do with a Buddhas Hand Fruit?

buddhas hand

Well put it in your gin of course! The aromatic rind of the Buddha’s Hand infuses perfectly in alcohols like vodka or gin. Choose your base spirit (something strong, high in proof, works best) and add sliced citron in an air-tight jar. Shake up the contents a few times and let it sit for a week or two, depending on how strong you’d like the flavour to be. When it’s ready, use a strainer to separate the alcohol from the citron.

The fruit originates in China but the trees can be bought in the UK

PATXARAN The Basque Liquor




“Patxaran”, a very popular liqueur in the Basque provinces of both Spain and France  is made with sloe berries. The only difference is that instead of using gin as a base, they use anisette liqueur. It is served cold or at room temperature, as an “aperitivo”, cold and with ice cubes or in a liqueur glass after coffee. A very interesting variation. –   The recipes date back to the late 17th Century and include the addition of essence of almond and vanilla.  Yum!

The Real Hogwarts Express

Just down the road from Joan’s Hole is the legendary Bewdley Steam Train.  It has been run everyday since the 1960’s by enthusiasts.

The former owner of Joan’s Hole was a man by the name of  Harry Potter ( no we are not joking – Harry Potter really did live at Joan’s hole) .

Here is a fabulous video of the steam train in action.  Remember the days of thick cardboard trains tickets you could clean your fingernails with?   Then you will love this video!