I have always wanted to make my own sloe gin.
Venture out into the woods on an autumnal day and return armed with sloe berries, creating cute miniature bottles of the stuff to give to family and friends at Christmas.
My venture to pick sloe berries didn’t go quite to plan. A few weeks back in Winchester with the ladies, we set out to grab ourselves bags of the berries… Alas, it POURED it daaan, so we ended up in the pub with a gin (sans sloe) in hand.
Luckily Matt’s Mumma saw my struggle and bought me up a Tupperware full of them from Somerset. What a top lass.
I promptly got myself down to Wilkos, picked up a Kilner bottle, muslin cloth, bottle of gin, caster sugar and rosemary.
It is ~a little~ early to be talkin’ bout Christmas, however if ya fancy making your own sloe gin, this is a little reminder to get crackin’ so it has plenty of time to get all delish and infused. OOFT.
I will do an update at the start of December about how it’s all going, and maybe a few festive cocktail ideas… OH I just had a little pang of festive excitment hehehe. 🎅🍾
Anyway, if ya got some sloe berry bushes near you and fancy a forage… And like gin… Here is the recipe I used:
Sloe berries – as many as you can muster. Aim for around 400 – 500g
Gin – I heard the fancier the gin, the better but I ain’t made of money so I got the Sainsbury’s one hehe 😎
Caster sugar – depending on how sweet you want it, I used 200g of the stuff.
Rosemary – ya don’t want to put the rosemary in just yet as it may be bitter come Christmas. Wait until a few days before ya wanna drink it and pop a few sprigs in to gently infuse.
First up, give your sloes a rinse and prick all over with a clean needle.
Pop on a film when ya prick ’em (Last Holiday optional) it takes bladdy AGES.
Once all done, pop them into your bottle.
Spoon in your sugar…
Glug in your gin…
Give it a lil shake…
And now, we wait…
It has been almost week and my gin is already the dreamiest deep pink colour. I am SO excited to guzzle it…
Have you ever tried / made sloe gin before?