|We used 1 litre bottels of Gin and granulated sugar|
|Split the Gin between two bottles (half and half), add 180g of sugar to each bottle|
|Make sure you pick enough Sloe berries, wash the berries in water|
|You are now ready to start the fun!|
|With a cocktail stick pierce the skin of each berry - about 4 - 9 times (depending on the size)|
|Add the pierced berry to the Gin and sugar mixture|
|Fill the bottle with berries until the liquid nearly reaches the top (space is needed to turn the mixture)|
|Once the bottle is filled, place the cap on tightly and shake|
|Make sure all the sugar moves from the bottom of the bottle, it will look like a snow globe when it is settling|
|Turn/shake the mixture every day for two weeks or till the sugar dissolves, then turn once a week for the next two/three months. The Sloe Gin will then be ready to be bottled and given as presents for Christmas|
Last year for Christmas my Brother gave us a handmade/brewed bottle of Sloe Gin and we loved it so much we wanted to try it ourselves.
This is a drink that is made from Sloe berries from a Blackthorn bush and a word of warning; they don't taste great if eaten raw! I am also not a fan of drinking Gin but the berries really do make a difference and make the drink sweeter. Sloe Gin is a great drink to have after a large rich meal and the longer you keep it the more the flavour will develop.
There are lots of different recipes that can be found on line and it is a great present for Christmas. Have you made this before? Do you like Sloe Gin?