Where does sloe gin come from?

Manufacture. Sloe gin is made from ripe sloes, which are traditionally picked after the first frost of winter (late October to early November in the northern hemisphere). Each sloe is pricked, traditionally with a thorn taken from the blackthorn bush on which they grow.

Where did Sloe Gin get its name?

While it may not be all that popular in the United States these days, sloe gin is a traditional flavored spirit that dates back to the 17th century in England. Sloe gin gets its name from the purple sloe berries it is made with.

When was Sloe Gin invented?

Plymouth Sloe Gin, revived from its original 1883 recipe, landed in the States last year in a batch of just 1,000 cases.

What is the sloe in Sloe Gin?

More commonly thought of as a liqueur rather than a gin due to its sweetness, Sloe Gin is made from ripe sloe drupes which are a small fruit closely related to the plum. Each sloe berry is pricked and then added to a wide necked jar alongside sugar and gin.

Can you drink Sloe Gin straight?

Sloe gin is a fruity liqueur that can be served neat, with a mixer or even used in cooking.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How is sloe gin drunk?

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!

Does sloe gin expire?

Gin stays fine for years, and its shelf life is basically indefinite. … Like with other distilled liquors, it’s generally best to use the opened bottle of gin within a year. The gin won’t go off, but the longer it’s stored opened, the worse its taste will be.

Can you eat a sloe berry?

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. Sloes are best used as a flavouring to deliver a rich plumminess, especially in sloe wine, whisky, jelliy, syrup and chocolate.

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 is the best sloe gin?

  1. Hayman’s.
  2. Boodles Mulberry Gin.
  3. Solway Spirits.
  4. Gordon’s.
  5. Pickering’s.
  6. Sipsmith.
  7. Warner Edwards.
  8. 6 o’clock Gin.

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!