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How To Make Damson and Sloe Gin

  • Author: Rachel Phipps
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Makes approx. 1 litre
  • Category: Preserving
  • Cuisine: British


An easy to follow recipe to make delicious homemade sloe gin and damson gin if the fruits are growing in hedgerows near you.




  1. Rinse your damsons or sloes and pick out any that have gone off. Be sure to remove any stems that may still be attached to the sloes.
  2. Prick every single one all over with a sharp needle. This can be time consuming; I like to do this in front of the television. Alternatively, if you freeze them the skins will crack so poking the defrosted fruits won’t be necessary.
  3. Add them to the jar and pour the gin and sugar on top. Leave in a dark, cool place and shake up every few days until all of the sugar is dissolved. Then, still shake up the mixture, but only every week or so.
  4. After three months (I’m sure to mark my calendar!) decant back into the bottle, being sure to sieve the mixture to remove any sediment and to hold the fruit back. A decanter funnel is perfect for this. Enjoy!