While there are some lovely sloe gins available in the shops, nothing could be more satisfying than making your own batch of this stunning, deep purple flavoured gin (although technically, it’s actually a liqueur, doncha know)!
It will take all of two minutes - honest - to actually prepare your homemade sloe gin; then all you need to do is wait!
It will take at least four weeks for your gin to take on a really rich flavour and colour, and you can leave it for much longer if you wish - we’d recommend up to three months.
So if you’re planning on making some sloe gin to bottle and wrap up as a Christmas gift for the gin lover in your life, try to get your batch underway by the start of November.
A couple of tips before you start:
Pop your sloe berries into the freezer the night before you plan to make your gin. Freezing the berries helps to break down the skin, ensuring that the flavourful juice can steep into your gin more easily.
Use a good quality, neutral gin. The flavour of the sloes and sugar can’t mask a nasty gin!
Sloe Gin Recipe
500g sloe berries
250g caster sugar (or to taste)
70cl (one bottle) gin
Pour all three ingredients in a sterilised glass jar, close and shake well.
Start with just enough sugar to cover the sloes. You can always taste the gin and add more sugar at a later date, if you prefer it a little sweeter.
Store the gin in a cool, dark place and make sure the lid is on tightly. Give the jar a good shake about twice a week to help the flavours infuse.
After four weeks, taste your gin and add more sugar if you like. If you want a gin with more depth of flavour, leave the sloes to steep for a few more weeks (or months - there are no hard and fast rules). Once the gin is to your liking, strain the liquid through a muslin cloth int and pour into a clean bottle.
Keep your sloe gin tightly sealed in a cool, dark place (this could be the fridge) and it will last for at least a month.
Top tip: If you wanted to experiment with your flavoured gin, why not try adding some other fruits, herbs or spices to your infusion? Damsons, vanilla, almonds and cinnamon all work well with sloe berries for a twist on the usual flavour!
How do you drink or serve sloe gin?
Neat! Pour a little into a tumbler and sip as a beautiful digestif.
In a hot toddy
Chilled, over ice
In a champagne flute, topped up with prosecco or champagne
In one of these delicious sloe gin cocktails
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