Mon 09 Oct 2017
The season of autumn is well and truly upon us and it also happens to be the best time to go foraging for sloes to make a batch of sloe gin. If you get going now you can have a batch ready just in time for Christmas.
The sloe or blackthorn tree is native to England and is commonly found cultivated as hedgerows along paths and bridleways, used by landowners and farmers alike due to its thorny nature. Which is perfect for keeping wayward travellers and ramblers on the right path.
The fruit is a usually marbled size and of a purple colour with a white bloom on the skin.
To make your Sloe gin you will need.
225g caster sugar
Prick the tough skin of the sloes all over with a clean needle and put in a large sterilised jar.
Pour in the sugar and the gin, seal tightly and shake well.
Store in a cool, dark cupboard and shake every other day for a week. Then shake once a week for at least three months.
Strain the sloe gin through muslin into a sterilised bottle.
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