With its round, rich, fruity flavour, sloe gin is one of the perks of autumn and so simple to make, we're doubling up our batches to see us through winter. Infusing a base alcohol like vodka or gin is doable with virtually any seasonal fruit and you only need a handful of ingredients to get started. Try our basic recipe and whip up your own boozy sloe gin to use in these delightfully fruity drinks.
Sloe gin & juniper cocktail
This hedgerow beauty is a blend of botanicals and sweet sloes, with the perfect balance of sweet and sharp. The juniper syrup compliments the gin base and ensures the flavour of sloes doesn't overwhelm the cocktail. You'll feel like a master mixologist creating this tipple and your friends will never guess how easy it is to make.
Perfect for adding a little sparkle to any ocassion, these sloe royales are a blend of sloe gin, prosecco and a fun sprinkling of glitter. Sometimes called a 'forager's fizz', this slow sipper is ideal for colder days in party season when everyone would rather be indoors, drink in hand.
This twist on the classic royale is another prosecco-based cocktail, but has a splash of indulgent cherry brandy for even more fruity flavour. The hedgerow royale has just a touch of sweetness, balanced with the dry prosecco and topped with a herby sprig of rosemary for garnish. Be prepared for these to disappear as soon as they're mixed.
Want to try making a batch? Get foraging and watch our handy video tutorial on how to make sloe gin:
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