How is sloe gin used?

Not sure how to drink your sloe gin? Well, traditionally it is drunk neat or in warm drinks like a hot toddy, but it’s also delicious over ice, combined with a light, neutral tonic with a sprig of rosemary to garnish, or even topped up with prosecco for a fabulous sparkling aperitif!

What’s the best mixer for sloe gin?

Sloe gin is deliciously sweet with rich notes of plum and red berries. Combining this fruity sweetness with the bitter notes found in Fever-Tree Lemon Tonic Water makes for a perfectly balanced and refreshing long drink.

What can you do with sloes?

  1. Sloe Jam. A jar of sloe jam isn’t just a gorgeous seasonal treat – it’s also an ideal stocking stuffer.
  2. Sloe Chocolates.
  3. Sloe Brandy (or Sherry)
  4. Sloe Cordial.
  5. Sloe Cider.

Can you eat sloe gin?

What else can you do with sloes? Sloes are in the same family as plums and cherries so if you’re brave you can eat them raw, though they are incredibly sharp and will dry your mouth out before you even finish your first one.

Should sloe gin be refrigerated?

Store it in a cool, dark cupboard or shelf out of direct sunlight if you can’t keep it in the fridge or freezer, and it should be fine. More importantly, though, gin should never be served at room temperature!

Does sloe gin improve with age?

Sloe Gin improves with age (to a certain point), so make more than you need and keep some for next year.

Is sloe gin stronger than gin?

Sloe Gin tends to have a lower alcohol content than traditional gin of 15 and 30 percent by volume. The Settlers Sloe Gin is pleasantly tart with attractive juniper and herbal notes, but is a proper gin with an alcohol content of 43 ABV.

What does sloe gin taste like?

Sloe Gin’s Flavor Depends on Ingredient Quality “High quality [sloe gin] is going to taste plummy and have an earthy, raisiny like quality. They are often very sweet. Good ones tend to also have notes of almonds, which comes from the pit of the fruit.”

Is sloe gin good for colds?

Hot Toddy’s are thought to improve colds and flu’s because alcohol numbs pain and encourages sleep, and the addition of fruit juice gives a boost of vitamin C.

Is sloe gin poisonous?

Sloes are not edible raw, they are mouth-puckeringly astringent, but they are delicious as a fruity flavouring for gin (or brandy or vodka?) and sloe gin is very simple to make. You will need: a needle. some bottles with screw caps.

What month do you pick sloes?

When should sloes be picked? Sloes should be picked when ripe and rich dark blue-purple in colour, and can be squashed. Some may have already fallen to the ground naturally. Traditionally sloes shouldn’t be picked until after the first frost, as it’s thought the frost splits the skin.

Are sloes good for you?

There are some good health benefits to be had from eating sloes. They have lots of Vitamin C and tanins. They are said to improve digestive problems and reduce inflammation in the mouth. Steeping the flowers in water makes a soothing wash you can gargle with to help relieve sore throats and tonsils.

How long does sloe gin last once opened?

We would recommend consuming your Gin within 1 year of opening under normal storage conditions. As previously mentioned, the oxidation starts once opened, but this can take many months before you start to notice a slight change in the taste.

Why is sloe gin less alcoholic?

Despite the name, sloe gin isn’t actually a gin, but a liqueur. This is because the ABV is between 20-25%, below the minimum requirement of a spirit. “Plus there’s a lot more sugar in it than a regular gin,” Sam adds.

Does gin have medicinal properties?

Gin can help fight illnesses. Well, there’s a reason for it. Gin is loaded with juniper berries. Juniper berries are a natural medicine that contains anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties along with some antioxidants. Consuming them lowers your chances of sickness and improves your general health.