Quince Ratafia and Other Home-made Hooch

Image of temperance poster

Picture: Wellcome Library, London.

It is not illegal to own a still in the UK but it is illegal to make alcohol unless you have a distiller’s licence: I believe penalties for a first offence include a fine of up to ¬£6,500, five years in jail or both. I would submit that this draconian punishment has more to do with the tax man than it does with any temperance movement.¬†There’s nothing to stop us, though, buying booze someone else has made legally and putting our own spin on it. Continue reading