Sloe gin

If you can get hold of sloes then you should make sloe gin. However, make sure that you can pick them as they might belong to some who will not appreciate the fact that you have pinched there sloes for there gin. September to October is probably the best time to pick your sloes, but can depend on Location. According to tradition, you should pick after the first frosts of the year. Then your first gin should be ready for this Christmas and New Year. To make sloe gin is slow you just need patience as the sloes steep in the gin.

You will need.
450g/1lb sloes
225g/8oz caster sugar
1 litre/1¾ pint gin

Get a fork and prick the skin of the sloe. Put them in a large sterilized jar. Add the sugar and pour in the gin. Shake every thing together and then seal the jar and store in a cool dark place.

About once a week for the next two months just go back and give it all a shake. Then you will get a lovely dark red drink.

Store in a cool, dark cupboard and shake every other day for a week. Then shake once a week for two months. Then at Christmas, you can have your very own sloe gin.

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