Makes approx 1L
You will find sloes in abundance in hedgerows at the moment. They look deceptively like blueberries but these are high in tannins, making them unpleasant to eat with their drying effect in your mouth and they are almost inedibly sharp. Combined with sugar and gin and left to mature, however, and you’ll have the perfect drink, ready in time for Christmas.
- 500g sloes
- 250g caster sugar
- 1L gin
Step 1: Wash the sloes, and prick them all over (alternatively freeze them once washed and then use them when ready, with no need to prick).
Step 2: Place sloes in a large jar, and add the sugar and gin. Seal and place some where cool and dark.
Step 3: Once a day for seven days, shake the jar vigorously.
Step 4: Leave for two to three months before straining the sloes out and bottling.