A glass bottle of sloe gin, with two small tumblers on a coaster

Sloe gin

  • makes approx 750ml
  • Easy

Make the most of the sloe season with this classic and easy-to-make liqueur. Enjoy this fruity alcoholic drink over the festive season or give it away as a gift

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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.

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Ingredients

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

Method

  • 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.

Use this liqueur in our comforting sloe gin and plum crumble

Sloe gin and plum crumble

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 67
  • Carbs 5.1g
  • Sugars 5.1g
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