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The Brewing Forum • View topic - Teach me how to make Sloe Gin
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Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 18:05
by Bad 'Ed
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?

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 18:17
by robwalker
about that yeah. my mum puts too much sugar in, I'd prefer it pretty dry.

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 18:26
by Frogfurlong
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.

Worked for me

:thumb:

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 21:01
by Good Ed
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

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 22:27
by bobsbeer
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.

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 23:46
by oldbloke
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)

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 08:24
by 31bb3
Never tried sloe gin I have been tempted to have a go but never got hold of the sloes

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 09:57
by duncs
Just checking... These are Sloes, right?
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Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:05
by Pedro

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:27
by PhatFil
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.

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:28
by duncs

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:45
by Bad 'Ed

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 18:30
by Pedro

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 18:39
by bobsbeer

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 18:49
by robwalker
Never had any trouble with 1L Gin in a 4.5L demi john here. shake it and your DJ is sterile again.

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 19:26
by divingdavey
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?


Cheers :drunk:

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 21:32
by calumscott
whisky works, brandy really doesn't...

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 21:32
by calumscott
wasn't too keen on run either

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 23:35
by Squiffy
Vodka and a vanilla pod go well with sloes. My blackberry whiskey tastes amazing...... Roll on Christmas

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 08:17
by oldbloke

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 09:55
by graysalchemy

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 09:55
by graysalchemy

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:01
by bbslaw
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

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:10
by oldbloke
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)

Re: Teach me how to make Sloe Gin

PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 22:31
by divingdavey