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While at my uncles farm house in Shropshire last weekend, I tried his home made sloe gin and it was delicious so I’m going to make some of my own.
With autumn approaching, the sloes will start to appear in the countryside. The hedgerows will show a colourful harvest just waiting to be picked and made into sloe gin ready for the Christmas festivities. Sloes are a type of wild plum – the flavour of the fruit is bitter, so the small plums are not suitable for eating. However the bitter flavour is lost when making liqueurs.
Here’s what you need for the sloe gin recipe…
1 ltr Gin
4 drops of vanilla essence
250g caster sugar
2. Shake well twice a day until sugar is dissolved and put in cool dark place. Shake every other day for one week and then once a week for three months.
3. Strain through muslin cloth/coffee filter and transfer to bottle.
4. It should now be plum coloured and ready for consumption.
The longer it is kept the more it improves!