Sloe vodka in glass and decanter

Sloe vodka

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Prep: 20 mins - 30 mins plus at least 2-3 months maturing


Makes about 1.5 litres

Turn a bounty of seasonal fruit into a fabulous infusion. Our easy homemade sloe vodka makes a delicious gift and is great for using in cocktails.

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per 25ml

  • kcal57
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0g


  • 500g ripe sloes
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 1l vodka



    Originally associated with Russia, Slavonic, Baltic and Scandinavian countries, vodka has become…


  1. Rinse and pick over the sloes to remove any leaves and stalks, then pat dry. Prick the sloes using a stainless steel fork or cocktail stick, and tip into a 2-litre jar, or divide between two smaller jars.

  2. Add the sugar and vodka, then seal the jar and shake well. Once a day for seven days, give the jar a good shake. Store the jar in a cool, dark place and leave for two to three months.

  3. Line a plastic sieve with a square of muslin (or use a coffee filter in a cone for a really refined vodka) and strain the sloe vodka through it. Decant into clean, dry bottles, then seal and label. The sloe vodka is now ready to drink but it'll improve and mature over time – so, if possible, make it one year to drink the next.

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8th Oct, 2019
I’m not being funny but this recipe needs to decide if it’s damson or sloe gin or vodka. Come on, Good Food. Won’t be trying it anytime soon till you get the recipe sorted, though I’m experienced enough to probably work it out.
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