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Wednesday, September 23, 2015 @ 11:09 AM

Summer’s turning to autumn and it’s time to get out all those old plastic containers you’ve been saving for something (who knows what?)

Its hedgerow time!

Brambles (or blackberries) hips and haws, crab apples, damsons and sloes are all looking particularly fruitful this year, so there’ll be plenty for all, including the birds :)

This year’s interesting weather has produced, amongst other things (like lots of wet camping holidays!) a bumper crop of hedgerow fruit, not least sloes. And if you like your teatime tot of gin usually as antidote to the maths homework ;-) then you can look forward to means liberal production of sloe gin – not that I’m a lush you understand – all but the odd bottle will be seasonal gifts

ripe sloes

Ripe Sloes

In addition to an intravenous drip, you might want to invest in this rather swish Kilner Sloe making kit which includes a couple of Kilner jars to make the gin in (look pretty while the sloes are infusing) and 4 bottles to make up for gifts.

How to make Sloe gin:

  1. Put the sloes in the freezer overnight, so they think the frosts have come. It’s a bit sneaky, but it works
  2. Prick each sloe with the end of a sharp knife or a needle, as you half fill sterilized bottles with fruit..
  3. Add approx 8 oz sugar to each 1lb sloes.
  4. Cover with gin, seal then give it a good shake to dissolve the sugar.
  5. Keep in a warm place and shake each day for several weeks.
  6. After 3 months strain the liqueur through coffee filter papers into clean, sterilised bottles, seal well and leave to mature. More sugar can be added later if the liqueur is too sour.

You can drink it neat (out of the bottle if needs must!) or it’s rather good in cocktails – my favourite being the Southern Comfort based Alabama Slammer ;-) Just in time for Christmas!

alabama slammer

Alabama Slammer

And don’t worry if someone gets to the sloes before you, or you don’t have room in the freezer, or you generally can’t be bothered to go to all that effort, you can always cheat and buy some of this award winning Organic Sloe Gin hand made by proper order West Country fruit farmers Bramley and Gage. So natural, it must be good for you! ;-)

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