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


Follow this recipe for homemade sloe gin, then check out our sloe gin cake, sloe gin cheese and sloe gin and plum crumble. Don’t have time to make your own? Check out our review of the best sloe gin you can buy.



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


  • 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