• Sloes 900g
  • White Granulated Sugar 900g
  • Gin 700ml
  • Almond essence 2 tsp


  • STEP 1
    Wash the sloes and either freeze and thaw, or prick- individually with a needle or sloe thorn or by rolling on a sheet of plywood bristling with panel pins
  • STEP 2
    Add half the sloes to each of two empty 700ml gin bottles
  • STEP 3
    Warm gin in a jug- microwave for 3 minutes- 4 minutes for a low-powered microwave. Add sugar, stir until dissolved.
  • STEP 4
    Fill bottles with the gin/sugar mixture. Add a teaspoon of almond essence.
  • STEP 5
    Put in a dark cool place and turn weekly for 3-6 months.
  • STEP 6
    Strain through a muslin-lined sieve or cotton-wool lined funnel.
  • STEP 7
    Store in a dark place to preserve the gorgeous ruby colour.
  • STEP 8
    Drink neat, or topped up with gin and/or tonic.

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