Friday, 12 September 2014

How to make Sloe Gin

A tasty winter tipple to liven the soul and set the throat on fire; sipping a wee sloe gin is becoming a little yearly ritual in our lives. We have a secret place where sloes are found but I shall say nothing more; one must guard one's source with one's life! It's every exciting collecting them and this year (after a woeful crop last autumn) they were big, juicy and hard to reach with many a big thorn on the gnarled branches = battle scars, giggles and feeling like eejits :)

Now before I go any further I must say that sloe gin is to drunk in small quantities, lingered over whilst preparing a roast for the oven, watching a christmas-y film. It is strong and I even bought the correct tiny antique glasses for the very occasion 2 years ago. Drink this responsibly, please! 

It's become fashionable again I fear as some of the big names in gin manufacturing have ready made bottles for sale now. But, this is how you are meant to do it - seasonally, with fun and patience - don't go for that premade muck, please. There's another point to be made; it has a very medicinal, earthy taste quite like a cough mixture so be forewarned, you may go through all this and end up hating it :)

So this is the perfect time for sloes - you usually get them September and October and they look like this...

Amounts needed:

  • 450g sloes
  • 750ml gin
  • 275g sugar

1 - You need to pick as many as you can, really get stuck in there and possibly have a friend to help.
2 - Take them home and put them in the freezer overnight - this makes the skins burst a bit = more favour.
3 - Simply put the sloes into a sterilised litre sized glass air tight container
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4 - Add sugar
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5 - Pour lashings of gin in (see amounts) and close lid!
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6 - Mix it all up by gently tiping and swirling the bottle.
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You really ought to leave it to mix for as long as possible and every day, for the weeks at least, you need to jiggle that bottle to release all the flavour. It will be drinkable in time for Christmas and could even be a lovely gift.

N.B. The longer you can leave it, the more syrupy it tastes. Plus, even when the gin is gone the alcoholic sloes ought out to go to waste. With their strong earthy syrupy taste they are fabulous cooked with lamb etc

Hugs and Love

Enjoy your weekend xx


  1. MMMMM well that would be a blooming marvellous start to the weekend! I've never attempting to flavour my own gin, but this could be THE year :)

  2. Oh my!!! This sounds like heaven!!! I would just love to taste this one!! Thanks for sharing and cheers!!! Nicole xoxo

  3. Definitely I will follow you here Carrie..we are vegetarians and we would like to learn more about GiY , starting with chard, I love it and difficult to find here ..
    Take care ..more following :-))
    I will come back to learn that one recipe !

  4. My favourite winter tipple. We found a 2 year old "stash" the other day which we thought had long been devoured, what a joyous discovery!

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