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Sloe gin

Published: May 26, 2021 at 2:13 pm
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + freezing and infusing
  • Easy
  • Makes approx 750ml

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. 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.


  • 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.

Use this liqueur in our comforting sloe gin and plum crumble

Sloe gin and plum crumble

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