Follow this recipe for homemade sloe gin, then check out our sloe gin cake, sloe gin cheese and sloe gin and plum crumble. We've also got a fruity blackberry gin which you can make for a special gift. Don't have time to make your own? Check out our review of the best sloe gin you can buy.

If you aren't able to forage for sloe berries, then read our guide on what are sloe berries and where to buy them.


  • 350g sloes, rinsed and drained
  • 175g white caster sugar
  • 700ml dry gin


  • STEP 1

    Put the sloes in the freezer overnight or prick the sloe berries with a stainless steel skewer or a cocktail stick.

  • STEP 2

    Transfer the prepared sloes to a sterilised 1.5 litre glass bottle or jar, then add the sugar and the gin. Seal the container and shake it to mix.

  • STEP 3

    Shake it once a day for a week or until the sugar has dissolved, then leave in a cool dark place, like a kitchen cupboard, for about 2 months to infuse.

  • STEP 4

    Once infused, line a sieve with a piece of muslin or a coffee filter paper and set it over a jug or bowl. Pour the sloe gin through it so you can strain out and discard the fruit.

  • STEP 5

    Pour the sloe gin into dry, sterilised bottles and store again in a cool dark place. It's ready to drink at this stage, or you can leave it to mature for a year.

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