Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

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Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby Bad 'Ed » Sun Oct 05, 2014 18:05

I've just picked a few sloes and was about to have a stab at sloe gin but thought I'd ask the advice of you knowledgeable people instead of following a random recipe.

So, starting at the start, how does one prepare the sloes? I was going to wash them, pull all the remaining stalks out, freeze, mash and then cover with gin. Then sugar to taste a few months later.

What sloe to gin recipe do you use?

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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby robwalker » Sun Oct 05, 2014 18:17

about that yeah. my mum puts too much sugar in, I'd prefer it pretty dry.
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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby Frogfurlong » Sun Oct 05, 2014 18:26

Fresh sloes: ring cut around the sloe and drop into a demi cover with chosen alcohol - gin, vodka and white rum work well.
Leave for 1 month, then pour liquid off the sloes, add 1kg sugar. shake daily for a few weeks until absorbed. Taste, if too dry add sugar too sweet add more booze :D

Frozen sloes: allow to defrost, press gently with a spud masher and put into demi, follow method for fresh.

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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby Good Ed » Sun Oct 05, 2014 21:01

The recipe I've used for damsons, which will work for sloes, is 450g damsons, 165g sugar and 70cl gin. If using vodka halve the amount of sugar. Wash and prick the fruit with a fork, put into kilner jar with sugar and gin. shake every day until sugar dissolved. Have a taste after 3 months and adjust sugar if you want. Some strain off the fruit some don't. I've left it a year before straining. Then don't throw the sloes away but add them to a bottle of sherry in a kilner jar with a tablespoon of sugar. Shake each day for a week, store for 3-6 weeks, strain and drink.

This is a good website http://www.cottagesmallholder.com/two-recipes-wild-damson-gin-and-sloe-gin-37/

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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby bobsbeer » Sun Oct 05, 2014 22:27

I usually freeze mine as that splits the sloe. I usually don't bother mashing, just chuck in a jar pour on the gin/whisky and add sugar. Then turn for a few days till dissolved and leave for a few months. They do say to leave for 12 months and the fruit turns brown, but I've never lasted that long.
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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby oldbloke » Sun Oct 05, 2014 23:46

We had some stock, so last year's lot is still in the jar!
We've more or less given up adding sugar to rassy vodka, bramble rum, or sloe gin, as we always use a sweet mixer (often cream soda)
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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby 31bb3 » Mon Oct 06, 2014 08:24

Never tried sloe gin I have been tempted to have a go but never got hold of the sloes
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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby duncs » Mon Oct 06, 2014 09:57

Just checking... These are Sloes, right?
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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby Pedro » Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:05

duncs wrote:Just checking... These are Sloes, right?


Indeed they are; the leaf shape, colour of the fruit and spines confirm it.

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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby PhatFil » Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:27

wot ive been doing..

get 2 empty spirit bottles, fill each with 1/2 a bottle of your white spirit of choice, fill em both with sloes pricking with a fork a few times as u drop each sloe in, fill upto the neck with all sloes submerged.

after a month or 2 as christmass parties get underway, decant off the sloes and sweeten, 4-6 table spoons of sugar to start with, add more if your tooth is sweeter.
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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby duncs » Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:28

Pedro wrote:
duncs wrote:Just checking... These are Sloes, right?


Indeed they are; the leaf shape, colour of the fruit and spines confirm it.

Thanks. That's good, there's 1kg of them in my freezer :party:

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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby Bad 'Ed » Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:45

Good Ed wrote:The recipe I've used for damsons, which will work for sloes, is 450g damsons, 165g sugar and 70cl gin. If using vodka halve the amount of sugar. Wash and prick the fruit with a fork, put into kilner jar with sugar and gin. shake every day until sugar dissolved. Have a taste after 3 months and adjust sugar if you want. Some strain off the fruit some don't. I've left it a year before straining. Then don't throw the sloes away but add them to a bottle of sherry in a kilner jar with a tablespoon of sugar. Shake each day for a week, store for 3-6 weeks, strain and drink.

This is a good website http://www.cottagesmallholder.com/two-recipes-wild-damson-gin-and-sloe-gin-37/


Does that fit in a liter jar? I imagine I might have to use 2L jars. Will the headspace be an issue do you think? I know gin will oxidise slower than beer but I might purge with CO2 first given that I have to tools necessary.

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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby Pedro » Mon Oct 06, 2014 18:30

Bad 'Ed wrote:I know gin will oxidise slower than beer but I might purge with CO2 first given that I have to tools necessary.

Totally unnecessary activity in my humble opinion. You're dealing with something that will be around 30% alcohol (depending on the amount of sugar / fruit) and that will be living in a kilner jar and then a bottle.
I've been making sloe vodka for 7/8 years and I've never done anything more complex than freeze the sloes first, lob them into a jar with some sugar and cover with spirit.
The most difficult thing is not drinking it early. It needs at least a year, ideally several. I do removes the sloes after 8-12 months.

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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby bobsbeer » Mon Oct 06, 2014 18:39

duncs wrote:Does that fit in a liter jar? I imagine I might have to use 2L jars.


I use a 2lt cider flagon. First I put in a bottle of gin, then the sugar and then fill up to the top with as many sloes as will fit in. Screw on the cap and shake gently every day for a week then leave. When it comes time to decant, I just pour carefully to a bottle leaving the sloes in the cider bottle.

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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby robwalker » Mon Oct 06, 2014 18:49

Never had any trouble with 1L Gin in a 4.5L demi john here. shake it and your DJ is sterile again.
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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby divingdavey » Tue Nov 11, 2014 19:26

Does anyone gave a good alternative to gin? I have a batch of sloe gin on the go and a load pof sloes still in the freezer.

I've seen a few people suggest vodka, anyone done anything else?


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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby calumscott » Tue Nov 11, 2014 21:32

whisky works, brandy really doesn't...
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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby calumscott » Tue Nov 11, 2014 21:32

wasn't too keen on run either
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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby Squiffy » Tue Nov 11, 2014 23:35

Vodka and a vanilla pod go well with sloes. My blackberry whiskey tastes amazing...... Roll on Christmas
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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby oldbloke » Wed Nov 12, 2014 08:17

calumscott wrote:wasn't too keen on run either

Brambles are the thing for rum - White rum of course

You can do all sorts with vodka. We have a nice pineapple one from last year, well, the tail end of the bottle anyway just so neither of us can accuse the other of finishing it without asking
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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby graysalchemy » Wed Nov 12, 2014 09:55

calumscott wrote:wasn't too keen on run either


I'm not to keen on running either :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby graysalchemy » Wed Nov 12, 2014 09:55

calumscott wrote:wasn't too keen on run either


I'm not to keen on running either :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby bbslaw » Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:01

My recipe is simple: one third of a bottle (ish) of sloes, roughly one third of sugar and then fill up with gin. We prick the sloes with a cocktail stick a few times as it creates less muck than freezing them, and although it's time consuming, it's kind of fun (your fingers go brown). We usually do this in Sept/Oct and then filter through a coffee filter and drink at Christmas, but the longer you can leave it the better. We did it with damsons this year as there were no sloes around, but bullace also work really well (sized between sloes and damsons). You can use vodka instead of gin. I prefer sloe gin mixed with sparkling water and ice as a long drink in the summer rather than sipping it as a liqueur in winter. Basically you can't go too wrong and you can filter it if it's cloudy
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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby oldbloke » Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:10

A note:
We used to put sugar in all these things, but no longer bother as we virtually always use a sweet mixer with them (often cream soda)
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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

Postby divingdavey » Sun Nov 16, 2014 22:31

graysalchemy wrote:
calumscott wrote:wasn't too keen on run either


I'm not to keen on running either :lol: :lol: :lol:


I rather like running :rofl:

I got me a sloe whiskey on today :) I split the scotch between two bottles, filled up with sloes and bunged in a couple of sloes and some demorera sugar (left over from the marrow rum)

I'll report back in a few months :D
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