Making Sloe Gin At Home

When should sloes be picked?

There’s a bit of folklore about only collecting sloes after the first frost, which was used as a signpost in time. If the frosts had started, the sloes had probably been around long enough to be ripe.

However, there’s no need to wait this long. Early autumn is not only a more pleasant time to be out and about, but you can time your sloe harvest to the last of blackberries, meaning that you can have some instant gratification foraging along the way. You can also pick sloes as early as September and simply pop them in the freezer.

Making Sloe Gin At Home

How long does Sloe Gin last?

Provided your sloe gin is kept in an air-tight sealed bottle in a cool, dark spot then it should last approximately one year after opening.

 

How do you drink sloe gin?

Sloe gin can be drunk on its own – you may find a spirit measure handy – and severed with ice and a slice of lemon. It is also delicious served with a mixer such as tonic water and ice cubes with a slice of lemon or orange.

 

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How do you make sloe gin?

Follow our method below to make the perfect sloe gin to enjoy over the winter months or as a festive tipple.

 

Ingredients

500g Sloes

250g Sugar

70cl Gin

1 Cinnamon Stick (if you fancy)

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Method

Follow our method below to make the perfect sloe gin to enjoy over the winter months or as a festive tipple.

STEP 1

After gathering your sloes, wash and remove any stems before pricking each sloe using a fork or cocktail stick. Pop in the freezer for a couple of hours.

 

STEP 2

Pop the frozen sloes into a 1.5 ltr air-tight glass jar. Add the sugar and slowly pour in your chosen gin. Finally pop in the Cinnamon Stick (if using)

 

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STEP 3

Keep your jar in a dark, cool spot, but for the first week, each day bring it out and give the jar a good shake before replacing it. Once all the sugar has dissolved, leave it in the dark for as long as you can bear, three months at the very least. If you can make a year ahead before drinking for the best results.

 

 

STEP 4

Finally, strain the mixture through some muslin and decant into two clean bottles, and it will ready to serve either on its own or with a mixer such as tonic water.

 

 

To make a sloe spritz

This gin is lovely on its own, or reduced and drizzled onto cakes, but is also a great cocktail ingredient.

To make a sloe fizz, simply pour 25ml of sloe gin into a champagne or cocktail glass and top with prosecco.

 

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