Sloe Gin

We have a fantastic crop of Sloe’s this year, the blackthorn bushes are full of big juicy fruits, so here is a simple method for Sloe Gin ready for Christmas, to drink yourself or bottle for Xmas gifts, Frugal Xmas – !!

frozen sloes

You will need:-

  • 1lb Sloes
  • 8oz Sugar
  • 1 Litre Gin


  • get out for a walk and forage for blackthorn bushes, pick sloes minding those nasty blackthorns!
  • prick sloes with pin or if you cant be bothered meticulously pricking a couple of hundred sloes then freeze & defrost & squish a bit!
  • add sugar, gin & sloes to large sterilised kilner jar or wide mouth bottle & give a good shake
  • shake every day when you pass the bottle for a week
  • store bottle somewhere cool & dark and shake every week
  • after 2 months or just in time for Xmas, sieve through muslin (or pillow case!) and bottle into clean bottles
  • drink with friends, great nightcap or fill the hipflask for Xmas walks/shoots.
bottled sloe gin
Previous post on Sloe’s and Cheap Gin here

About cwildman

Local Food Evangelist, 5th Generation Butcher based in the Yorkshire Dales, England. Town End Farm Shop, Artisan Butchery & Charcuterie, Home of The Yorkshire Chorizo.
This entry was posted in Drinks, Foraging, wine, Yorkshire Dales Food and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s