How many sloes do you need to make sloe gin?

Add the sugar and gin, then seal the jar. Shake well. Once a day for seven days, give the jar a good shake. Store the jar in a cool, dark place and leave for two to three months.

How much sugar should I put in my sloe gin?

Mix 100 gr sugar (granulated or caster) and 50 ml water in a saucepan and heat slowly until the sugar is dissolved. Let this cool. This is sufficient for 800 ml gin but you may want to add more to your taste. Carefully strain the fruit from the jars.

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.

How do you make sloe gin?

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!

Can sloe gin go bad?

Basically, the gin’s flavour will change (and get slightly worse) very gradually over time. It’s preferable to use up an opened bottle of gin within a year. Although it won’t go off, after a year or more opened gin won’t taste particularly nice. (As if it’s going to last that long!)

Does sloe gin get better with age?

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

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.

Does sloe gin need sugar?

Sugar should really only be added at the start to produce sweet sloes for baking or chocolates, rather than good sloe gin. One of the common complaints about standard sloe recipes is that some years they produce a too-sweet liqueur, while other years are not sweet enough.

Can I add sugar to sloe gin?

Add sugar. We recommend to only add the sweetness after straining the sloe gin through a super fine sieve. The best way to then add sugar is by using simple syrup (mix one part water with one part sugar in a pan at low temperature avoiding boiling at all times) instead of granulated sugar.

Is August too early to pick sloes?

Sloes are generally at their best from around September, following a bout of cold weather and autumn showers. Many people wait to pick them until after the first frost, which they believe softens the skins slightly and helps release the berries’ juices.

Are sloe berries poisonous?

While a small amount of raw berry will probably have little effect, the berries do contain hydrogen cyanide, which in larger doses may definitely have toxic effect. However, the berries are processed commercially into sloe gin as well as in wine making and preserves.

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.

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.

What is similar to sloe gin?

Substitute for Sloe gin You could alternately use Plum Brandy although it’s probably no easier to find and may cost even more. You can also mix 50% plum brandy and 50% regular gin.

What can I do with gin soaked sloes?

  1. Sloe Jam.
  2. Sloe Chocolates.
  3. Sloe Brandy (or Sherry)
  4. Sloe Cordial.
  5. Sloe Cider.