Saturday, 8 October 2011

Sloe Gin

I picked some Yorkshire sloes on a recent holiday and brought  them home to make sloe gin using a recipe from the lovely Nigel Slater.

Washed sloes ready for GIN

Ingredients for 2 bottles:
  • x2 1 litre bottles
  • 1 litre of gin (non-expensive), I used Gordon's (he was okay when I asked him)
  • 526g caster sugar
  • 600g sloes (washed & pricked with a fork)
Put into each bottle:
  • 500ml gin
  • 213g sugar
  •  300g sloes

Put the lids on the bottle.
Shake each bottle until the sugar dissolves.
Store the bottles somewhere cool and dark.
Each week shake the bottles to mix everything up.
Continue your weekly shake for 10weeks, the longer you leave it the better it gets.
Nigel didn't actually say how to serve the sloe gin, my feeling was that I'd pour it though a tea strainer and leave the sloes in the bottle to keep the flavour intensifying.
As for how to drink it, I'll be drinking it with ice, if you're unsure then try with lemonade, soda or tonic.

When will mine be ready?
Picked on 27th September from Redmire.
Made into sloe gin on Sunday 2nd October.
Due date 10th December

To view the photo annotations, view the Making Sloe Gin photo set in flickr

1 comment:

  1. Hi where did you pick your sloes? I live in north Yorkshire and don't know where to pick them. Thanks