When to do sloe gin?

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. Line a plastic sieve with a square of muslin set over a bowl and strain the sloe gin through it. Decant into clean, dry bottles, then seal and label.

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.

Does sloe gin need to be kept in the dark?

Put the sloes in a 1-litre Kilner jar, pour over the sugar and the gin, close the lid and shake. Store the jar in a dark cupboard, shaking once every day until the sugar has all dissolved. After 3 months – or 6 months or a year – strain out the sloes, using a muslin-lined funnel placed in a bottle.

How do you 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!

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 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.

Does sloe gin go off?

Once your gin bottle is open, the oxidisation process starts. 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.

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.

Can you eat sloe gin berries?

Happily, leftover berries from sloe gin can also be used to re-macerate in other spirits. Brandy is a fine and Christmassy choice: leave yours to steep with 500g of leftover sloe gin berries, red wine, and a wee bit of sugar. In a month or two, you’ll have another burgundy-hued treat to toast with this winter.

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 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.

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.

What is 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.”

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.

How much alcohol is in a shot of gin?

Spirits: Spirits are typically 80 proof, which means that they contain 40% alcohol. A standard drink, or a shot, of whiskey, gin, vodka, or brandy is 1.5 fluid ounces.