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Sloe Gin recipe

sloe gin!

When we went to visit Dave’s friend over Christmas, they gave us this cute little bottle of sloe gin. I love sloe gin! Randomly, although I knew I liked sloe gin, I had never actually thought about what the berries looked like, and had never appreciated that sloeberries are Schlehen in German. There is a sloe bush outside my parents house, and every day when I walked back from the bus I would pick one and scrunch up my face. Like a silly little ritual. I haven’t seen sloeberries anywhere in years (probably because I don’t get out into the countryside much) but apparently Leicestershire is covered in them.

sloe gin!
sloe gin!

They are in season in the autumn so there wasn’t a huge amount left when were down for Christmas, but then Dave’s mum went for a cycle ride and saw a bit of hedge where there were still some. So we decided to get some and make our own sloe gin. The bushes were pretty bare, and we had to walk along quite a long way to get enough to fill our box. Then when we had finished we found a bush that had loads on still, if we’d seen that one first we wouldn’t have needed to go anywhere else. Never mind, we worked for our berries.

sloe gin!
sloe gin!
sloe gin!

To make your own, this is what you need:

450g sloeberries
225g sugar
1 litre gin
Waterproof jars
bottle

You need to stick everything into the jar and leave to stand in a cool place, shaking it up every two days for a week, then weekly for two months. Then strain into a sterilised bottle.

We used a mix of decent but not amazing gin people had left behind at ours after parties, but you can use really horrid cheapy stuff if you want. We also made some vodka, just replacing the gin for it.

I don’t know if this has worked or not yet, we will be straining it for my leaving party on 18 February, so I will update this post then. It’s definitely taken on the colour already!

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  • madam0wl 20 January 2012, 5:47 pm

    That is an interesting process. Recently I’d read something about making an herbal wine which sounded similar- basically involved pouring red wine over loose leaf herb of choice and then letting it sit somewhere cool/dark for several weeks, probably shaking it too and ultimately straining it. The idea being it would almost turn out a bit medicinal when it was finished. Good luck with your gin! And wow, forgot about your pending work study, that’ll be coming up soon then.
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    • Franca 23 January 2012, 1:40 pm

      Oh interesting! Wine goes off eventuallynthough, doesn’t it. i think this is ok because there is so much alcohol in gin.

  • Megan, The Frugalista Diaries 20 January 2012, 6:57 pm

    mmmmm that looks amazing!

  • Terri 21 January 2012, 1:38 am

    Oh, it will be great to see the pics from this leaving party–the eyelids at half mast from your home brew. Just what does a sloe berry taste like?
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    • Franca 23 January 2012, 1:41 pm

      On it’s own, not very nice. bitter and makes your mouth go furry. I don’t really know how to describe it. With the sugar it’s completely transformed though and becomes more of a standard berry/curranty taste.

  • Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog 21 January 2012, 6:52 am

    I have a bottle of sloe gin that I got from my Dads when I was there at Christmas. It is delicious but always amazes me how much sugar it has in it.

  • alanc230 31 January 2012, 8:25 pm

    In the years after college, I used to make Kahlua on a regular basis, with instant coffee crystals, sugar, and cheap vodka. Never saw a recipe for sloe gin, though. Interesting.