Sure, you could just pop down to the shops and pick up a bottle of Gordon's or even Chase Sloe Gin. However if you're within walkable distance of these delicious, accessible and very British berries (which will be pickable in the next few weeks) it's a great way to enhance an otherwise pedestrian bottle of gin and better still, there's nothing like making your own liqueur as an excuse for a walk in the country.
- An empty litre or 70cl glass bottle
- The results of a good day's sloe picking which means enough Sloes to fill 1/3 of a 70cl gin bottle.
- 70cl of gin (everything displaced can be easily absorbed in one of our gin recipes)
- 2 tbsp of sugar
- Pick and freeze your sloe berries for a day. This helps to burst their skins and also means you can preserve them till when you're prepared for the next stage.
- Sterilise your bottle
- Fill it 1/3 full of your sloe berries
- Top up with your gin
- Add 2 tsbp of sugar
- Leave in a dark place for 3-4 months
- Strain through muslin into a bottle until ready to use.
Delicious sloe photo courtesy of Kat…