An easy to follow recipe to make delicious homemade sloe gin and damson gin if the fruits are growing in hedgerows near you.
- 450g Sloes or Damsons
- 350g Granulated Sugar
- 1 75cl Bottle Gin
- 1 1.5 litre Airtight Kilner Jar
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!