The fruit of the blackthorn tree has been used for many years to make Sloe Gin, a traditional winter liqueur. It is often associated with Christmas and in recent years has enjoyed a return to popularity. Sloes can be found growing on blackthorn trees in many hedgerows and thickets.
- 1 litre bottle of gin (it doesn't need to be expensive)
- 250g sugar
- 500g sloes
- Collect your sloes, they are usually ready in September
- Clean them and remove any woody stalks or leaves
- Freeze all your sloes, at least overnight or until you are ready to make the sloe gin
- Add your sloes, gin and sugar to a large bottle.
- Shake the bottle every day or so. The more often you shake it, the quicker your sloe gin matures.
- Keep doing this for at least two months.
- You can bottle your sloe gin by either carefully pouring it into aanother bottle or by passing it through a filter.
- Enjoy your sloe gin