The Sloes are ripe, Sloe Gin recipies??

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  1. quickweh

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    Never having made Sloe Gin but I have spotted a tree with loads of ripe Sloes and have a bottle of Gin from Spain, so how many Sloes are needed for one litre of Gin? Will probably add sugar syrup later to taste. I intend to freeze the Sloes, add them to the Gin and leave till Christmas. I would be grateful for any hints and tips re. making it, can manage drinking it OK.
     
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    My son said that he pricks the sloes before adding to the gin to j#help release the flavour
     
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    Fill a third of your bottle with pricked sloes, add third of caster sugar and then fill with Gin. Shake well and keep in dark cupboard, agitating the bottle every few days to ensure sugar has dissolved and mixes in. After few weeks only needs doing occasionally
    Needs keeping for a while before its drinkable. I make a bottle or two each year and drink it the following year once you have drained out all the sloes!
    Enjoy I have been watching the Sloes on my dog walk so I will check later to see if they are ready.
     
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    One third sloes, one third sugar, one third gin, simples(y)
    Not supposed to pick sloes till they have had a frost on them, but putting them in the freezer for a bit does the same.
    Done it many times but now don't bother with all the hassle with the cost of the sugar and gin , it's just not worth it, but if you have never done it , it's good fun and very nice .
     
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    The taste of Home made Sloe Gin is better than any of the cheap ones like Gordons.

    On the other hand the taste of the Good bought ones is far too much to not make your own.


    I always have a bottle or two in the van or at Home.
     
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    My MIL makes damson gin which is also delicious
     
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    Can you give the recipe and method please for the damson gin -- thanks
     
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    @quickweh, we will be willing Guinea Pigs if you need someone to have the first sample.
     
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    Has anyone seen this stuff, when we were in Andorra they were selling this in all the wine places and even on the campsite, as you can see it was less than£3 for a litre so thought it would be a good idea in some fruit recipes but have never dared even open it, anyone any ideas what it is used for?
     
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    3 lb damsons 2 lb sugar and a bottle of gin.
    Same method as sloe gin.
     
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    Once the sloe gin is ready & strained, re-use the sloes but with sherry... v e r y nice (y)

    :smiley:
     
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    What size bottle of gin please thanks
     
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    [QUOTE="teddybard, post: 1576522, member: 225Ltd ]What size bottle of gin please thanks[/QUOTE]
    Normal size bottle of gin, but you can use a ltr and increase the amount of damsons and sugar.
     
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    Normally used for lighting the rag in a molotov.:)
     
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    Similar to Polish spirit (75% ABV) used for fruit flavoured alcohol, had some made with lemons some years ago, tasted just like bitter lemon until it hit your stomach, then a beautiful afterglow:D
     
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    Stage one done, picked and washed by the torrential rain this morning. Ready for freezing at stage 2. DSC_1350.jpg
     
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    We gave hip flasks of homemade sloe gin to all of our daughters wedding guests.

    It was the wrong time of year for sloes so I bought some dried sloes off the Internet from a home brewing company, you have to rehydrate them over night but they worked a treat.

    I love sloe gin but @daveandsan make the most beautiful drinkable damson gin I've ever tasted. (y)
     
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    Love sloe gin, did get fed up with pricking the sloes though.
    I now make raspberry gin and raspberry vodka, I use packs of frozen raspberries and use the same proportions as for the sloe gin. Have also used strawberries but prefer the raspberries. All very quick to make and so lovely. Just enough time to make for Christmas presents. :wine:
     
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    Very well timed, just walked the dogs and came back with bag of sloes.
    Will wash and freeze as advised above, then try your recipe.
     

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