How to Make Gin-soaked Raisins

By Francis Keaveney

Start to Finish: 5 minutes

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Servings: 4 to 8

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Gin-soaked raisins are used in cookie and cake recipes, and radio broadcaster Paul Harvey popularized the folk remedy of using them as an alternative treatment for arthritis. Preparing gin-soaked raisins requires few steps; however, it takes a while for the raisins to soak up the gin. Raisins are highly nutritious and sweet, and soaking them in gin gives them even more flavor.


  • 2 cups golden raisins
  • 3 cups gin, enough to cover the raisins


  1. Put the raisins into a shallow dish container.
  2. Spread the raisins on the dish as evenly as possible.
  3. Pour the gin over the raisins until they are submerged in it.
  4. Let the raisins soak up the gin at room temperature until the gin is absorbed; this may take up to a week.
  5. Cover the container with a towel or cheesecloth.