Sloe Gin….Hic!

Everything is so early this year, all the fruit is around a month early, my cider production has been hampered by hordes of pesky wasps, normally when the apples are ready to be pressed the wasps are long gone, so my thoughts turn to alternative beverage production until the weather cools a little and I can resume cider production once more.

I have discovered a little secret stash of sloes, where they hang on the bushes like plump bunches of grapes and don’t seem to have the usual large amount of needle like thorns, last years one bottle is still being enjoyed, but this year i plan to drink one and save one….. they say the longer you can leave it to mature the better it improves.

Here’s the quick and easy Sloe Gin recipe.

For every 70cl bottle of gin, use 300-400g of sloes, if they are extremely soft ripe and squidgy like mine were then use them as they are, if they are still like little bullets then pop them in the freezer overnight or prick them with a cocktail stick.

Pop them into a large glass jar, I find the 2l kilner jars ideal, and add 100g of caster sugar for each bottle of gin. I made 2 bottles up this year. Shake the jar and do the same every couple of days for 3-6 months. Strain off the liquid and allow to mature for as long as you can bear to leave it.

Here’s the lovely amber nectar from last years, a quick slurp tonight for medicinal purposes only you understand….

2 responses to this post.

  1. Well fancy that Marcus! I have just come onto your blog for the first time in a while and what would be your first post! Only the same thing I blogged about yesterday! http://goodgobble.blogspot.com/2011/10/sloe-gin.html What a coincidence… (I’m not stalking you. Honestly.)

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