As with Damsons, Sloes are also in season around now. However they are better collected after the first frost. This is because the cold helps break down some of the flesh inside, thus releasing the flavour and colour into the liquor better.
As with the Damson Vodka it feels awesome to be able to use cheap, nasty, alcohol and make it taste amazing for little effort.
- 3 bottles of cheap gin (70cl), yea going mass production for this bad boy
- 600g caster sugar
- 600g sloes
- 6 empty bottles, sterilized
Split the 3 bottles of gin between the empty bottles. Prick or slice the sloes with a sharp knife and drop them into the gin. Then add the sugar. Simple. The easiest way to get the sugar into the bottles is with a funnel - either pre-bought plastic or just some staples cardboard.
As with the Damson vodka, wait at least 3 months before drinking and make sure you swirl the liquid from time to time to make sure all the sugar dissolves. Once it looks ready to drink, sieve off the liquid but keep the sloes. Keep the container out of the light while brewing if you wish to keep the sloes’ colour.