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Sloe Gin Recipe




Tips for picking sloe berries:


  • Pick the berries once they are ripe and after the first frost, if you can

  • If picking earlier than the first frost, put the berries in a container and freeze - make sure they are fully thawed before using

  • Pick berries that are high off the ground, away from passing foxes or dogs

  • Be careful of the thorns!


You’ll need:


  • Large Sealable Jars

  • Golden Caster Sugar

  • Sloe Berries

  • Cheap Gin!


500g Sloe Berries

250g Golden Caster Sugar

1L Gin -

1kg Sloe Berries

500g Golden Caster Sugar

2L Gin

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2kg Sloe Berries

1kg Golden Caster Sugar

4L Gin

-

2.5kg berries

1.5kg Golden Caster Sugar

5L Gin


Method:


1. After picking your berries (or defrosting them), prick them with a needle, cocktail stick or other sharp object


2. Combine the gin, golden caster sugar and sloe berries in a large sealable jar / bottle - don't forget to sterilise the jar(s) first - instructions on how to do this are here


3. Store the jar(s) in a cool dark place and shake once a day for seven days, then once / twice a week for three months


Three months later:


4. Remove the berries and strain the gin through a muslin cloth / sieve


5. The gin is now ready to drink, however it will mature and improve over time - we recommend storing for up to a year before enjoying, perhaps drinking last years gin as you make the next!


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