- 500g ripe sloes
- 250g caster sugar
- 700ml good quality gin
This is a recipe to make now for next Christmas. Yes, next Christmas! As your gin will mature and improve over time.
You can find sloes online if you haven’t picked any. They’re likely to be frozen which is GREAT as this will simulate the first frost and split the skin on your berries, allowing them to release their natural sweetness. If you’ve picked them yourself, rinse and pat dry in a clean tea towel. Using a cocktail stick, prick the sloes and tip into a sterilised 1.5 litre Kilner jar.
Add the sugar and gin, then seal the jar. Turn it over and marry the ingredients. Store the jar in a cool, dark place and turn it every other day for 2-3 months.
After 3 months, remove the sloes by lining a plastic sieve with a square of muslin set over a bowl and strain the sloe gin through it. Decant into sterilised bottles, then seal. The sloe gin is now ready to drink but the longer you leave it, the better it’s going to taste, so hold onto it for next year!