Hawthorn berries are a small, red fruit that is commonly used in the production of alcoholic beverages, particularly gin and liqueurs. These berries grow on the hawthorn tree, which is native to Europe, Asia, and North America, and has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries.
Hawthorn berries have a slightly tart and tangy flavor with hints of sweetness and a slightly floral aroma. They are a popular choice for adding a unique and complex flavor profile to gin, particularly when combined with other botanicals such as juniper berries, coriander seeds, and angelica root.
. They are also commonly used in traditional medicine to promote heart health and lower blood pressure, due to their rich concentration of flavonoids and antioxidants.