Further to making blackberry and apple jam, the very same berry picking episode led to finding and picking some sloe berries! My very first sloe picking venture and as such I am going to do something very unfoodbloggerish and share a recipe I haven’t tried yet; a recipe for sloe gin. I am in the process of trying it but sloe gin takes months to mature/develop/official technical term, so I began mine the other week and I thought we could take this journey together. You make yours now too and we can share notes over our various sloe gin batches at Christmas, yes? I found a recipe online and got to work. Do you have a preferred recipe? Let me know!
The picture is two weeks in, so hopefully by Christmas it will be a beautifully deep red colour.
Ingredients: (I made 3/4 of this as I was limited by how many sloes I had picked)
- 450 g of sloe berries
- 225 g of caster sugar
- 1 litre of gin
- A large sterilised jar
- Prick the skin of the sloes (all over) with a sterilised needle.
- Place the sloes, sugar and gin into a large sterilised jar. Seal and shake well.
- Store in a cool and dry cupboard, shaking every couple of days or so for at least two months. The longer the better though, I am making this batch for Christmas.
- Strain the gin through muslin into sterilised bottles.
- Take a sip (or many) and enjoy that festive feeling from your toes to your nose.