Now the autumnal fruits are well on their way it’s time to start thinking of some Christmas brews that take a while to develop. While the Hawthorn tree is producing some nice berries for jams etc. see http://www.theoutdoorlab.com/2010/09/hawthorn-jelly-and-apple-mustard-glazed.html
Its bushy spiky cousin the blackthorn is producing the sloes. This is just a traditional sloe gin with a spicy twist. First prick the sloes all over with a sharp fork or needle and place in a large sealable jar. Pour in the sugar and spices and gin. Seal the jar and shake well. Store in a dark place and shake once a week for 2-3 months. When it’s ready strain the sloes and store the sloe gin in a sterilised bottle.
Ingredients: sloes, bottle of gin, sugar to taste (100-200g see below), crushed cinnamon stick, a few cloves and a pinch of nutmeg. Leave for 2-3 months. Enjoy.
100- 200g/8oz caster sugar depending on how sweet you want it
1 litre/1¾ pint gin
First of all, I would like to thank you for this wonderful blog and such photos. Here is the method to make sloe gin.
Wonderful I'm going to enjoy Rye Whiskey Distillery this weekend! Delicious whiskey will be mine. Hope to read your more sloe gin recipes.
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