How often to shake sloe gin?

Store in a cool, dark place and give it a quick shake once a week. No need to belt it around or turn it every 3 hours – just leave it do its thing, giving it a bit of movement every so often. 5. Once you are happy with the level of infusion (or got a massive thirst on), filter out the sloes.

Can you leave sloe gin too long?

Now the gin is ready to drink – but is best left to mature for a bit longer (a couple of months) – it will now keep indefinitely. Don’t throw the sloes away after you’ve drained them – they are now deliciously sweet and can be covered in chocolate and eaten with ice-cream, or as a post-supper treat.

How are you supposed to drink 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!

How long does sloe gin take to mature?

Squeeze the sloe berry gently – if it feels like a small ripe plum, it’s ripe. There’s no need to test each one. If a few are ripe, the entire crop is ready. Wait at least three months.

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.

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.

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 more alcoholic?

The sweetness and flavouring can be adjusted at the end of the process depending on the makers taste. Given sufficient amounts of time to steep, the alcohol will infuse an almond like essence from the sloes stones. Sloe Gin tends to have a lower alcohol content than traditional gin of 15 and 30 percent by volume.

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.

Does sloe gin need to be refrigerated?

The rule I use is: If it’s under 15% alcohol or if the base is wine, it goes in the fridge once it’s open. Spirits like whiskey, rum, gin, vodka, etc. don’t need to be refrigerated because the high alcohol content preserves their integrity.

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 still made?

Sloe gin made according to the original formulation all but disappeared, and was replaced by a new kind of sloe gin made with neutral spirits flavored to mimic the taste of the original.

Can you add more sugar to sloe gin?

We recommend not to add any sugar during the maceration process. This is because the sugar will prevent the gin from extracting the natural fruit sugars and flavours from the sloe berries. If you add the sugar after the maceration you can add the exact amount needed to create a well balanced sloe gin.

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.

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.