Christmas, Yummy Recipes

It Smells Like Christmas! : Boozy Fruit Mince


Cracking open a jar of this stuff is almost as in your face Christmas as plastering your roof with flashing lights and plopping a big inflatable santa and reindeer in your front yard.  In short, it smells dang good.  The fruit mince is best made a little before your fruit mince pies and other Christmas goodies so the flavours can develop and mix together nicely.  I’m looking forward to my first attempt at homemade fruit mince pies.  We’re in the crazy throws of moving so it may not be for a few weeks yet, I’ll get it done once my new kitchen is clean and comfy.

Homemade Fruit Mince (Mincemeat)

fruit mince ingredients

  • 500g (17.6oz/1.1lbs) of currants
  • 500g (17.6oz/1.1lbs) of raisins
  • 500g (17.6oz/1.1lbs) of sultanas
  • 500g (17.6oz/1.1lbs) of apples (any cooking variety will do, I used Bramley apples), peeled, cored and diced into little pieces
  • 500g (1.1lbs) of shredded beef suet (veggie suet works too)
  • 100g (3.5oz) of whole blanched almonds
  • 2 rounded teaspoons of mixed spice
  • 1 rounded teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 350g (1 and 3/4 cups) of Natural Demerara (Turbinado) Sugar
  • 100g (1/2 cup) of Dark Muscovado  Sugar (you can substitute with brown sugar)
  • 1 large juicy lemon
  • 175mL (6oz) of Brandy
  • 125mL (4oz) of Disaronno Amaretto Liqueur (almond liqueur)
  • 125mL (4oz) of Dark Rum

1/  Rinse your dried fruit in a colander.  I did mine in 3 batches.  Dry your fruit off with clean tea towels or kitchen/paper towel before placing in a very large bowl (the biggest one you own!)

2/  Add to your dried fruit the remaining dry ingredients

3/  Grate the zest of the lemon into your mix and then juice it and place that in too

making homemade mincemeat fruit mince

4/  Pour in the alcohol (this is when that Christmassy aroma will hit you)

5/  Wash your hands really well and then dig your hands into the bowl and mix it all together

making home made mincemeat fruit mince

6/  Cover your bowl (a tea towel will do) and leave to sit for a full 24 hours.  Give it a stir throughout the day whenever you feel like it

7/  Place into sterile glass jars and store in a cool dark cupboard until you’re ready to use it

8/  This yummy fruit mince will keep for a very long time but is best consumed within 6 months

home made mince meat fruit mince

jar of homemade mincemeat fruit mince

* Recipe used is from here.

Check out my other Christmas Recipe’s: Rich Fruit Cake, Peppermint Creams, Aussie Rum Balls and Apricot Balls


12 thoughts on “It Smells Like Christmas! : Boozy Fruit Mince”

  1. Wow! That looks amazing. I can’t wait to try this for myself. I hadn’t even considered making it myself. I think that I’ll experiment with adding some allspice and cardamom.

  2. Ok, Jen, I’m going to truthfully honest here. Mincemeat isn’t a big hit in this house. As a matter of fact, it hasn’t been a hit in my family since I was born. It’s like Marmite – you either love it or hate it. You have to be brought up on it. And I really don’t know anyone in my family that likes it. I’m sort of surprised that it isn’t some how presented in some form from either side of the family since my great grandfather and my husband’s great grandmother are from England.

    There’s almost 2 cups of liquor in that!!!! You lush!!! LOL!! 😀

    I hope your move is going smoothly! Always so stressful! But somehow everything works out in the end!

    1. I’m attempting to reply through email with my teensy kindle keyboard so apologies if I’m a bit dodgy. I totally agree Irene some people love it some just hate it. The move was a nightmare but all done now thank goodness. Can’t wait to have net again,aaargh!

  3. Mr. Liverpool Loooves Mincemeat. I make those little pies every year…..but I buy the mincemeat, so it’s probably not the same, is it?

    I may try this. Thanks!! Looks so DeeeeLISH. Xx

    1. Sometimes store bought is just so much less stress though isnt it! I thought I’d give making it myself this year and it was worth the effort to me but I don’t know if I’d do it every year especially if I had a lot on. I’m with mr liverpool mincemeat is delicious! First time replying via email with still no net in the new house so I hope this works!

  4. Hello Chaotically Me~
    WOW WOW WOW, I never knew one could make home made mincemeat. I guess I have been living under a ROCK! sorry, 😦 however, I want to make a Bourbon Ball or Rum Ball using mincemeat. do you think this recipe could be possible using Ur recipe? I never had mincemeat growing up, being that my family is Pennsylvannia Dutch. I came across mincemeat while on a temp position and I fell head over heals for mincemeat. I will be looking forward to hear from you! Thanx P.J.

    1. Hi P.J! Thank you for stopping by. In response to your question, hmm…to be honest, I’m not sure. I haven’t made rum balls or bourbon balls with mincemeat (sounds very yummy though!). If you point me in the direction of the recipe you’re hoping to use (or email it to me if you’d rather not put it out there for the world to see – chaoticallyme at gmail dot com) I can use the mincemeat I have left over in my pantry from Christmas to make the recipe and I’ll report back to you? I’d be more than happy to give a new recipe with mincemeat a go (I have loads of it left over) so look forward to hearing back from you 🙂

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